This is an image of holidaymakers in la France profonde, circa 1940 it turns out.
I was amazed to find that the station, in the middle-of-nowhere, is Carlux, in the Dordogne. I know Carlux because my family have a house there. It is a tiny village, and I can confirm that it is, indeed, in the middle-of-nowhere.
Even more amazingly, Doisneau loved the area and had holidays there over a long period.
Who knows, I might even have seen him when I was small…
I wish I’d known that then.
PS I’ve been researching into Doisneau and the Dordogne…it turns out that he visited the area over a number of years and took photos of Sarlat and Souillac..and worked for the foix gras producers, Rougie. I’ll check it all out.
I looked more closely at the photo too. Look at the track; not many trains going through.