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At the beginning of nineteenth century like most Parisian railway stations, Gare du Nord became too small to deal with the increase in railway traffic. The forerunner to the Gare du Nord - the Belgiun railway platform was already inadequate by around 1854.
The interior was completely rebuilt in 1889 and an extension was built on the eastern side to serve suburban train lines. There were further expansions between the 1930s and the 1960s.
Finally, in 1994, the arrival of Eurostar trains imposed a further reorganization of the tracks. Today:
Platforms 1 and 2: Service platforms, not open to the public.
There is also a further construction project to build a connecting hallway between Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est, which is projected to open around the time when the new LGV Est begins serving the station.
The first Gare du Nord was opened for the public on 14 June 1846, it was partially demolished in 1860 to provide space for the current station, and the former station's façade was removed and placed in Lille. Construction lasted from May 1861 to December 1865, but the new station opened for service while still under construction in 1864.
The beautiful cityscape provided by Gare du Nord served as decor in numerous French films as well as US films.
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