KINDERTRANSPORT 77 YEARS

Commemorative Train Journeys

Welcome to Kindertransport 77 Years

My name is Peter Hedderly and I got involved in this completely by accident. I’m not Jewish and I have no family connection to the Kinder or the Kindertransports, yet it has still had a profound effect on my life. I have worked in the field of railway tourism for over 25 years, having organised thousands of group railway journeys, particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia. It was in this context that a colleague from Czech Railways asked me in 2007 if I would help him with the British leg of a Prague to London steam train which he had been detailed to organise. This became the “The Winton Train” which ran in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Czech Kindertransports, an operation which under Nicholas Winton saved 669 endangered mostly Jewish children and was part of a much larger rescue effort whereby a recorded 9,354 unaccompanied children were brought to the UK … read more…

Background

In 2009 the Czech government sponsored a cultural awareness programme called “Inspiration by Goodness” dedicated to its 2009 holding of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The centrepiece of this was “The Winton Train”, … read more…

2016 Events and Day Trips

For details of Day Trips and events planned for 2016 and beyond see here…