Esposizione Internazionale 1906 - part 2

Paris - Lyon - Mediterranean Railway

The P.L.M. Line

The railway from Paris to Lyon and the Mediterranean (generally known under the name P.L.M. Line) is one of the world's most considerable, encompassing around a third of the territory of France and reaching 10,000 km with the Algerian lines. Its revenues are about half a billion francs per year (480 million in 1905 to be precise). It passes through extremely fertile regions, connecting them with Paris, and from them the most important commercial and industrial centres such as Lyon, St. Etienne, le Creusot, Marseille, etc.

The territory of the P.L.M. is one of the most beautiful and varied that you can find in the world. It includes hot spring stations like Vichy, Royat, Aix-les-Bains, and Evians, and centres for excursions like Genèvre, Chamonix, Grenoble, and Clermond-Ferrand.

This line also contains the most important ice-bearing regions in France: the Mont Blanc and Dauphin regions with the highest peaks, and the most reputed temperate regions like Provence with its "Côte d'Azur" and the pearls there such as Hyères, St. Raphael, Cannes, Nice, Monte-Carlo, Mentone, etc., along with Algeria (Algeri, Orano, Philippeville, Constantina...).

The P.L.M. line is crossed by numerous direct trains, super direct and luxurious with the best material comforts. Travelers have the option of varied and reduced prices when taking them.

Here is an example of a circular voyage at set prices using the European Railway Union (Verein).
This voyage leaving Milan includes the entrance to the P.L.M. from Modane and leaving it at Ventimiglia or vice-versa. This includes Marseille on the itinerary where there is an important Colonial Expo taking place (April - November 1906).

Preface by the Editors

In beginning to compile the Official Guide of the Milan International Exhibition of 1906, we were inspired by the concept - quite modern in these feverish times - of being able to gather in a quick yet also very clear manner to show how attractive the enclosure the fence of the Exhibition is, and which can awaken the interest of the hasty or the silent visitor. These, equipped with our guide, will be able to freely wander where they please, without fear of going astray or getting confused. The visitor will immediately notice the exact location where he is located; he will have at his disposal The descriptions needed about the buildings to visit, or the attractions he wants to see. On the other hand, the pocket size of the Guide is of obvious convenience.

Let us first ask the courteous reader to take a look at the General Map of the Expedition; it will serve to give it a clear idea of all the buildings, the avenues and the gardens of the Exhibition. Meanwhile the other topographic maps spread throughout, which the text illustrates and describes with equal clarity, specify the individual Sections in the Park, which are amenable and quaint, and in the vast Arms Square, now transformed into a festive city to solemnize ingenuity and labour, the mighty forces of life.

(to be continued)