Saturday, September 05, 2009

Winton Train into London

This is the last leg of The Winton Train's journey into London yesterday, pulled by the new build 'A1', No. 60163 Tornado. Here it is passing through Stratford Station at speed, not far to go to Liverpool Street. There were lots of people (including me) on the platforms, taking pictures and waving to those on the train.

Here's Tornado safely arrived at Liverpool Street. There was a huge number of journalists, photographers and television crews to record the meeting of Sir Nicholas Winton with some of the children and their families who had travelled through from Prague. The story is in lots of papers, for example here. And this report has video of what happened when the train arrived in London. The official Winton Train website is here.

This was the first time I had seen Tornado close up. Impressive. Tornado's story is all here.

Suitably attired for the occasion.

The work of Sir Nicholas Winton, important as it was, was only a part of a greater effort. Just outside the station, in the appropriately named Hope Square, is this monument. For information about the Kindertransport, this link is probably a good place to start.

The plaque reads:
Children of the Kindertransport
In gratitude to the people of Britain for saving the lives of 10,000 unaccompanied mainly Jewish children who fled from Nazi persecution in 1938 and 1939.

"Whoever rescues a single soul is credited as though they had saved the whole world" Talmud.

Dedicated by Association of Jewish Refugees Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief 2006.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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