PRIMARY school children were left in tears after being left stranded by rail bosses.
Pupils of Gorsewood Primary School dressed as 1940s children to re-create the evacuations of the Second World War when hundreds of thousands of children were sent to the countryside to avoid German bombs.
Excited four and five-year-olds clutched their homemade 'luggage' and waited for the train to arrive at Runcorn East station on Friday ready to be 'evacuated' to Warrington as part of their history studies.
However, they were left in floods of tears when the Arriva train pulled up with standing room only despite a request for an extra carriage.
Gorsewood had already paid nearly £100 for tickets for the 50 children and Arriva had assured them an extra carriage would be laid on.
School spokeswoman Val Harper said: 'The children were so disappointed. Many of them have never been on a train before and had been looking forward to the trip.
'A lot of them had dressed up in shorts and caps and really looked the part. They were in tears when the train arrived with only two carriages and were told they couldn't get on because it was standing room only.
'We are angry with Arriva because they promised to put on an extra carriage and now they have disappointed all these children.
'It is a real pity because the children made such an effort only to be let down badly.'
Arriva Trains said they would look into the incident.