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Departure Gallery

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Choose from 5 pictures in our Departure collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.


Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915
Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915
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Departure side at Paddington Station, c.1920
Departure side at Paddington Station, c.1920
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Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939
Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939
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Arrivals indicator board at Paddington Station, 1934
Arrivals indicator board at Paddington Station, 1934
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Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
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Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939 Featured Image

Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939

One of the very first war time roles that the GWR was engaged in was the evacuation of children from cities to the relative safety of the countryside. Even before war was declared, plans were drawn up for evacuation so the GWR and the other major railway companies were prepared and on standby to put these plans into action. On August 31st 1939, the day before Germany invaded Poland, the order to begin the evacuation was given. The very next day the mass movement of children began and continued until September 4th. The GWR was responsible for the majority of the children moved from North and East London and while most of the evacuation trains departed from Ealing Broadway, this image shows groups of children being off-loaded from a double decker bus outside the Departure Platform at Paddington Station during the four days of evacuation in September 1939

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