Evacuees at Maidenhead station, Berkshire, June 1940.
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In the first few months of WW2 it was feared that major cities would become the immediate targets of aerial bombardment and the four main railway companies played a significant role in the evacuation of children to areas considered safe. A second wave of evacuations, of which this photograph is an example, began when France fell to Germany in June 1940. The Great Western Railway Western Railway (GWR) ran 96 special trains, conveying nearly 70,000 children from London to the countryside as part of this excercise.