The Petite Ceinture (“little belt”) was a railway in Paris that connected the city’s main train stations, forming a loop around Paris. It opened in 1854 and passenger service ended in 1934. Parts of the railway were still in use for freight service until the 2000’s but it has stayed mostly closed to the public until recently, when parks that follow the tracks have opened in the 16th, 15th and 13th arrondissement of Paris. There are also community gardens in the 18th and 12th arrondissement and more sections are set for development in the coming years.
Petite Ceinture in the 16th arrondissement
Petite Ceinture in the 15th arrondissement
Above, the other side of the tunnel seen from Parc Georges Brassens. That section is not open to the public yet.
Above, the park is popular with runners.
Petite Ceinture in the 13th arrondissement
Above, modern architecture near the park.