Andy's recent post about the tug Simla caused me to reread A D Divine's excellent book Dunkirk again. On page 242 he writes: "Then they (the rescued troops) were taken off to the stations, and the Southern Railway took over. There again was a masterpiece of organisation. Almost at an hour's notice the Southern Railway adapted its schedules to take on a stream that amounted to as many as 60,000 men a day. Normal Passenger services were ruthlessly truncated. ... The railways' contribution was a tremendous one." He goes on to describe the contribution of Southern's ships, and ends about their overall service: "These things have small glory, but they were an integral part of Dunkirk - a necessary, a vital part." During the later Aerial evacuation the GWR (God's Wonderful Railway) performed a excellent similar service.