Saint-Dalmas de Tende train station and other FS railway structures

Saint-Dalmas and Tende’s stations occupy clear and flat spaces in both towns. They are located between the tracks and vast parking areas. Visible work of art structures (not underground) run along Roya Valley, on the side of slopes or across the river and the road.

Period XX

Accessibility No

Visitable Yes

Built in 1928, Saint-Dalmas de Tende railway station was designed by the Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) to be a border station with France.
The railway line had arrived in St Dalmas as early as 1915, with a small temporary station. The international vocation of the to build station prompted the sponsors to make a showcase of the Italian power, giving it dimensions and neo-classic decorations worthy of a big city station.

The main station building has a large footprint, 125 m long and 17 m wide. On the north facade, the three advances are composed in “triumphal arch” on two levels: a central semicircular arch framed by lateral openings in slight withdrawal. The sets are created by the play of the cut stone facings.

The floor area of ​​the building is approximately 5,100 m², to which are added the cellars.

On the ground floor was located the lobby, but also a restaurant and its kitchen, the luggage room, the police and operating offices, a large waiting room…

The furniture has disappeared, but the rooms still have their terrazzo floors and cement tiles, whose decorations are extremely varied. Some other vestiges (forged iron, joinery…) testify to the past greatness of this building

The station, which is not used by the SNCF, is abandoned.

Also open in 1928, the Tende train station has modest dimensions, simple volumes and neoclassical decorations, no frills, on the model of small FS stations of the time.

The masonry viaducts, crossing watercourses and steep slopes, are characteristic of their time of construction, by the quality of the realization of their semicircular arches, and by their neat facings in bricks or clear limestone. When they cross the road, a carved monogram “FS” in the middle of the arch signals their rail vocation.

The rugged mountainous course imposes many tunnels. But the trajectory of certain structures has deliberately been lengthened, designed “in meanders” or “helical loops”, in order to lengthen the route to gain altitude while respecting the maximum railway slopes, and thus to arrive at the right level at Tende’s col tunnel.

Conditions of visit

Saint-Dalmas station is located in the hamlet, along RD 91 road.

The other works are often visible or accessible from RD 6204 road, which they frequently intersect or run.

Authorized and easy access, parking near the station and some works.

Closed stations.

Permanent opening to the public of the surroundings of the various non-underground works. Dangerous surroundings due to train traffic.

Journey by train from the whole line accessible to all with a fee. See timetables on the operators’ websites (SNCF and Trenitalia)


Additional information


  • De Santos Gérard et Banaudo José, Le chemin de fer du Col de Tende, Les Editions du Cabri, Menton,1979
  • Banaudo José et Béjui,Pascal, Evviva Nissa – Cuneo ! : La remise en service de la ligne du Col de Tende, Les Editions du Cabri, Menton, 1980
  • Banaudo José, Braun Michel et De Santos Gérard, Les trains du col de Tende, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, Volume 1 2018, Volume 2 2019 et Volume 3 2020.
  • Braun Michel, Le chemin de fer du Col de Tende : hier, aujourd’hui et demain, Eisenbahn-Amateur, 372e série, août 1975
  • Braun Michel, Le chemin de fer du Col de Tende, Eisenbahn-Amateur, 152e série, août 1979
  • Collidà Franco, Gallo Max; Mola Aldo A., CUNEO-NIZZA Storia di una ferrovia, Cuneo, Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, 1982.
  • Dutto Claudio, Treni di ieri, oggi e domani sulla ferrovia internazionale Cuneo-Ventimiglia-Nizza, in Rassegna – Rivista trimestrale della Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, nº 7, settembre 1979.
  • Schiavazzi Gianfranco, Ferrovia Cuneo Ventimiglia, Pinerolo, Comitato Intemelio per la Cuneo-Ventimiglia, con i tipi della Tipolitografia G. Alzani & C., 1979.
  • SNCF Région de Marseille, Ligne: Cuneo – Breil sur Roya – Ventimiglia. Reconstruction et équipement de la section de ligne située en territoire Français, Marseille, Imprimerie St-Victor, 1980.
  • Magazine « La Vie du Rail », De Cuneo à Ventimiglia et Nice : une voie ferrée pour deux rivieras, no 1715, Paris, novembre 1979

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