Here are images of postcards of the magnificent Central Station at Tours that I bought at a local brocante over the weekend.
When the railways arrived in Tours in the mid-19th Century the city father’s were worried about the industrialisation of their city centre. It is for this reason that Tours central station, illustrated here, is a terminus station while the one at nearby St Pierre des Corps is for through-trains. This is why Saint Pierre des Corps became a working class, industrial area. Even today the area of St Pierre des Corps is 50% industrial while 44% of its housing stock is public.