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photoblog image 90733 at Haworth Shed

90733 at Haworth Shed


Last weekend was Haworth Village's 1940's Weekend and as usual the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway ran a number of steam trains during the day. Here the ex War Department 8f, 90733, has been prepared for the days work and is waiting to leave the shed.

The headboard commemorates the work of Sir Nicholas Winton. He worked tirelessly in the closing days of peace before World War II to arrange for the transportation of mostly Jewish refugee children from Prague in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. 669 children eventually arrived in Britain having traveled across Europe by train. The last train on the 3rd September 1939 was not allowed to proceed as the war had started. Sir Nicholas kept these activities a secret to everyone until, in 1988, his wife found a notebook detailing just what had happened. A truly remarkable man, more about him may be found here.


90733 at Haworth Shed


Last weekend was Haworth Village's 1940's Weekend and as usual the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway ran a number of steam trains during the day. Here the ex War Department 8f, 90733, has been prepared for the days work and is waiting to leave the shed.

The headboard commemorates the work of Sir Nicholas Winton. He worked tirelessly in the closing days of peace before World War II to arrange for the transportation of mostly Jewish refugee children from Prague in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. 669 children eventually arrived in Britain having traveled across Europe by train. The last train on the 3rd September 1939 was not allowed to proceed as the war had started. Sir Nicholas kept these activities a secret to everyone until, in 1988, his wife found a notebook detailing just what had happened. A truly remarkable man, more about him may be found here.


comments (5)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 May 2010, 01:44
Sir Nicholas Winton - now that is a person with a capital P. A good thing that his deeds are uncovered (very seldom used phrase smile)
Les Auld: A true and unassuming hero Louis, thanks for the comment
looks in good condition
Les Auld: Just recently restored Charles, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 May 2010, 07:49
These engines are utilitarian but always looked good to me. When built I think they had an expected lifespan of just a few years. Sir Nicholas Winton was nothing short of a saint!
Les Auld: They did look very basic but hey certainly worked well, and he was indeed a very good man. Thanks for the comment.
I seem to recall something about this man in the media of recent times, or was it somebody else who done something similar. A fine shot of the WD Les.
Les Auld: It was the very same Brian, Tornado headed up a special into one of the London stations as the journey from Prague was remembered. Thanks for the comment.
A remarkable man.
Les Auld: Very much so Bill, thanks for the comment.

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