PLM railway works of Breil-sur-Roya

1) Breil station required an important landscaping in the natural slope of the site for the creation of a vast plateau that could accommodate this international station. It includes marshalling yards, food services, maintenance and turnaround of steam locomotives, freight, workshops, customs, border police and staff quarters. The train station itself is the largest building in the area.
2) Viaducts of Eboulis and Bancao follow the abrupt and irregular slope of the right bank of the Roya river between two tunnels. The shape of their arcades supporting the lines of slightly curved paths, detaches them in the landscape of rocky scrubland.

Bridge-station FS of Piène-Basse

The railway station-bridge of the old border of Piène-Basse hamlet is located above RD 6204 road. A false tunnel type of work (bridge) serves as its foundation and allows the superimposition of the railway station and the road in a narrow site between Roya river and the steep side of its right bank.

Piène-Basse hydropower plant, retaining structures and water supply

1. Water reservoir on the Roya river: the installation was established in a rocky narrow bed of the Roya river, under the village.
2. Water supply between the reservoir and the power station: most of the pipe was dug in the rock, first on the right bank, then on the left bank of the Roya river. It is visible only when crossing the river, a little south of the village, in the form of a reinforced concrete tube, and before entering the plant in the form of the double metal tube of the penstock.
3. Hydropower plant: The plant is built on a narrow site between the Roya river and RD 6204 road, away from other buildings.

Spillway tunnels

Upstream as downstream from the village, the entrances and exits of the spillway tunnels are located at the river level, below the paths leaving the village.

Remains of historic mule tracks

The sections and still visible ancient bridges are located outside the urban area of ​​Breil in a residential agricultural district (Pont de la Lavina) or on arid banks at the bottom of the valley (Ravaï bridge and Libre path).

Gorges of Saorge Road

Route des gorges de Saorge

The road and the gorges’ work are at the bottom of the valley near Roya river, and Ambo road on a steep slope. The commemorative plaques are visible from the road.

Nocé and Bendola Irrigation Channels

Canaux d’irrigation de Nocé et de la Bendola

Several gravity irrigation canals are located in the townof Saorge. A source or a stream feeds the catchments.
Some canals travel several kilometers between catchment and farmed areas.
There are spectacular sections of masonry vaults along the peaks, as well as roadside aqueduct bridges at Nocé and Bain du Sémite localities (Roya – Bendola confluence).

PLM railway works of Breil-sur-Roya (PLM: former national railway company – Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée)

1) Breil station required an important landscaping in the natural slope of the site for the creation of a vast plateau that could accommodate this international station. It includes marshalling yards, food services, maintenance and turnaround of steam locomotives, freight, workshops, customs, border police and staff quarters. The train station itself is the largest building in the area.
2) Viaducts of Eboulis and Bancao follow the abrupt and irregular slope of the right bank of the Roya river between two tunnels. The shape of their arcades supporting the lines of slightly curved paths, detaches them in the landscape of rocky scrubland.

Fortification system of Tende’s col at the end (19th century)

Système de fortification du col de Tende à la fin du XIXe siècle

Each of the six forts is located on a dominant and open site, surrounded by alpine pastures, snow-covered in winter. Their position is more or less offset from the crest towards the south slope, with the exception of the large barracks of Fort Central, which is slightly shifted towards the north slope.

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.