Views through the cab

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notadriver

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Hi everyone
I recently took a trip to Paris mainly to ride the new automated metro line 1. Many of you will know that all Paris Metro trains have a window in the cab door so you can see out the front. On RER lines A and B, the MS61 and MI84 units also had this feature but the windows have been blanked off. More recent RER trains dont have this view. Why do metro trains have it and not the RER?
 
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Not sure about your specific question, but cab views are of course much more common on the continent than in the UK, being present on some types of metro, regional and intercity stock.

Perhaps there have been some incidents or the drivers preferred a more private cabin, on some continental stock it's up to the driver to decide on whether the blind is up or down (and the glass can be made opaque on DB's ICEs with a viewing lounge).
 
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