Grenoble -around the Railway.
-disused, forgotten, taken away or abandoned lines.

5- Around and about the Railway Station, towards the city centre.
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17- Before, the tramway SGTE arrived by the avenue Felix Viallet.

18- Avenue Felix Viallet now.
The avenue Felix Viallet, once a centre of life animated by the passage of the SGTE tramway going to the Station from Place Grenette, is now quite calm. With the change in position of the new station, now aligned with the rue Casimir Brenier, the focus is now transferred to Avenue Alsace Lorraine and the tramway station for the lines A and B.
In both images, we see some changes, the tobacconist has changed to the sunny side.

19- Grenoble's old railway station, here in the 60's.

20- Here we see the new and the old station, before it's demolition in 1967.

21- The old bus station in the 70's with the post office sorting building behind.
With the 1968 Olympics, Grenoble wanted to show another face, the Grenoble futuristic. Initially, the new station was built next to the old.
Then the demolition of the old station created the space for the new bus station next to the postal sorting office at that time.
With the advent of the modern tramway in 1987, a tram station was created on the site of the old railway station and mail sorting depot.
A modern bus station was built on the other side of the railway  station.
From there, the tramway 'A' for Fontaine joins the Cours Berriat, like the old SGTE tram used to do.
The tramway 'B' continues to its current terminus at the International City and the Law Courts on the site of the former Frise brewery and the former locomotive depot.

22- The new railway station dating from 1967, still up to date.
A lot of industries had developed between the 'Cours Saint André' and the Drac, encouraged by a plentiful supply of water and the presence of the railway. Saint Bruno has became the town at the entrance to Grenoble with its church and its growing population. There are, even now, diverse types of housing, flats, houses, more or less pretty, and even some mansions. All these people needed to cross the railway to go to the town centre, not to mention people coming from villages on the other side of the Drac and travellers from the Vercors, Romans and Valence (The Catane bridge was not built until 1956). This explains the many railway level crossings.
These obstacles to traffic flow became unacceptable for a city that wanted to modernise itself and host the Olympic Games.
The solution found was to build a viaduct from the station to the 'Boulevard Marechal Foch' bridge, itself divided between the railroad tracks from Chambery and Veynes. So, by doing this, three or four level crossings were erradicated in one go.
This viaduct, known affectionately as the 'Estacade' hosts a daily market of fresh produce. It also provides the support for a vast fresco of folk art concerning the market and the railway.
To avoid too great a slope for the railway, however, the 'Cours Berriat' had to be lowered. For the modern tram, another underpass was also created alongside.

23- The 'Cours Berriat' level crossing in 1900.

24- Horse drawn buses were still being used at that time!

25- A points switching station is added.

26- View of the 'Cours Berriat' looking towards the Drac.

27- Building the 'Estacade' over the 'Cours Berriat' in 1967.

28- The 'Cours Berriat' underpass, as it is now.

29- By car, you can also cross over the 'Cours Berriat'.

30- Looking towards the two underpasses from the Drac side.
Completion of the 'Estacade' really changed the nature of this district which is very important for the development of Grenoble. Even now, the 'Cours Berriat' is the main access to Europole, Minatec, the CENG, the ILL and a growing number of companies and educational organizations. The other access is by the A480 motorway at the 'Felix Esclangon' exit , which was once, as we have seen, the 'Canal Fontenay'.
For several years, the trolley bus for Fountain took the underpass until the service was replaced by the tram 'A' in 1987.
The old SGTE tramway never had this possibility because it was done away with in 1938.
Currently trams 'A' and 'B' cross the tracks via an underpass near the tram stop at the railway station.

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