|Opened||10 September 1840|
|Owned by||RFF / SNCF|
|Passengers ()||50 million|
Paris Montparnasse French pronunciation: [ɡaʁ mɔ̃paʁnas] is one of the six large Paris railway termini, in the XIVe arrondissement. It opened in 1840, and was rebuilt completely in 1969. A steam train crashed through the station in 1895; there is a well-known photograph of the event, and full scale reproductions outside a museum chain in South America.
It is used by intercity TGV trains to the west and south-west of France including Tours, Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, and by suburban and regional services on the Transilien Paris – Montparnasse routes. There is also a metro station.
The station opened in 1840 as Gare de l'Ouest, later being renamed. A second station was built between 1848 and 1852.
On 25 August 1944, the German military governor of Paris, General von Choltitz, surrendered his garrison to the French General Philippe Leclerc at the old station, after disobeying Adolf Hitler's direct order to destroy the city (see Liberation of Paris).
During the 1960s, a newer station integrated into a complex of office buildings was built. In 1969, the old station was torn down and the Tour Montparnasse built on its site. An extension was built in 1990 to host the TGV Atlantique.
The Gare Montparnasse became famous for the derailment on 22 October 1895 of the Granville–Paris Express, which overran the buffer stop. The engine careened across almost 30 metres (100 ft) off the station concourse, crashed through a 60-centimetre (2 ft) thick wall, shot across a terrace and smashed out of the station, plummeting onto the Place de Rennes 10 metres (33 ft) below, where it stood on its nose. Two of the 131 passengers sustained injuries, along with the fireman and two conductors. The only fatality was a woman on the street below, Marie-Augustine Aguilard, who was temporarily taking over her husband's work duty while he went out to get the newspapers. She was killed by falling masonry. The railway company later paid for her funeral and provided a pension to look after her two children. The accident was caused by a faulty Westinghouse brake and the engine driver, who was trying to make up lost time. A conductor was given a 25-franc fine and the engine driver a 50-franc fine.
From Paris Montparnasse train services depart to major French cities such as: Le Mans, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Brest, Saint-Malo, Vannes, Lorient, Quimper, Angers, Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Tours, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angoulême, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne and Granville. The station is also served by suburban trains heading to the west and south-west of Paris.
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Bordeaux - Dax - Lourdes - Tarbes
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Bordeaux - Dax - Bayonne - Biarritz - Hendaye - Irun
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Bordeaux - Agen - Toulouse
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Bordeaux - Arcachon
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Tours - Poitiers - Angoulême - Bordeaux
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Poitiers - La Rochelle
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Tours
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Le Mans - Rennes - St Brieuc - Brest
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Le Mans - Vannes - Lorient - Quimper
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Rennes - St Malo
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Le Mans - Rennes
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Nantes - St-Nazaire - Le Croisic
- High speed services (TGV) Paris - Le Mans - Angers - Nantes
- Intercity services (Intercités) Paris - Dreux - Argentan - Granville
- Regional services (TER Centre) Paris - Versailles - Rambouillet - Chartres - Le Mans
- Regional services (Transilien) Paris - Versailles - St-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Rambouillet
- Regional services (Transilien) Paris - Versailles - Plaisir - Dreux
- Regional services (Transilien) Paris - Versailles - Plaisir - Mantes-la-Jolie
- Regional services (Transilien) Paris - Versailles - Plaisir
Lines serving this station
Adjacent metro station:
- Transportation in France
- List of stations of the Paris RER
- List of stations of the Paris Métro
- Gare d'Austerlitz
- Gare de l'Est
- Gare de Lyon
- Gare du Nord
- Gare Saint-Lazare
- Largs Rail Crash - a rail crash at Largs railway station in Scotland, with similar circumstances to the crash at Gare Montparnasse.
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- Gare Montparnasse- current photographs and of the years 1900.
- Satellite image from Google Maps
- Mundo a Vapor Museum The Brazilian museum which contains the 1895 derailment accident replica.