1 - Montparnasse station
The oldest, dated from 1840 and is called "West
station". 22nd October 1895 a terrible accident projected a locomotive
and its first carriage through the window of the station and onto the
pavement; there were five people serious injured in the train, one
injured on the pavement and Marie-Augustine Aguilard who died in her
newspaper kiosk. In the 60's, the whole area was re-organized with the
construction of the "Montparnasse Tower". This station receives the TGV
(High Speed Train) Atlantic (Brittany and West of France).
2 - Austerlitz Station
Constructed between 1862-1870, it is called
"Orleans Station". It was used in 1870 as a warehouse that stored
balloons. It was flooded in 1910. This station assures the unity of the
"Corail" train and the night trains that go towards the South of
France. From this station trains go to Madrid and Barcelona.
3 - Lyon Station
Constructed in 1847, it
started its service the 12th August 1849, trains arrived there from the
"Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean" line. In 1900, the visitors for the
Universal Exhibition in Paris got off there. This station has a clock
tower (Beffroi) which is 64 metres high. The largest hand measures 3m20
and the smallest measures 2m35. In this station, you can find the
famous "Blue Train" restaurant. The TGV southeast and Mediterranean
trains arrive into this station.