Gare de Bordeaux Saint-JeanEdit profile
Coordinates: 44°49′32″N 0°33′20″W / 44.82556°N 0.55556°W / 44.82556; -0.55556
Bordeaux-Saint-Jean or Bordeaux-Midi is the main railway station in the French city of Bordeaux. It is the southern terminus of the Paris–Bordeaux railway, and the western terminus of the Chemin de Fer du Midi main line to Toulouse. The current station building opened in 1898. As well as Midi trains, the station accepted trains from the PO and Etat. The station was built by M Toudoire and S Choron.
The station building, situated in Bordeaux city centre at the end of the Cours de la Marne, appears from the front as three parts. The middle part is home to the station buffet and separates the arrivals and departures halls. All three parts are parallel to the platforms. The station buildings hide a large rooftop, built by Gustave Eiffel, which is 56 m wide and covers 17,000 m².
Since the arrival of the TGV the station has been renovated and upgraded with modern equipment, but has kept its original features.
The great hall has a large map of the network of the Midi on one of the walls and reminds passengers of the origins of the station.
The station is the main railway interchange in Aquitaine and links Bordeaux to Paris, Sète, Toulouse Matabiau and Spain.
A long metal viaduct, also built by Eiffel was originally used to carry the railway over the River Garonne but this two-track bridge became a bottleneck and a new four-track railway bridge was built next to it.Train Services
From December 2010 the following services called at Bordeaux-Saint-Jean: