IN various parts of the world there are wide waterways that interrupt the course of the railways, and in a number of such cases the water has been bridged by taking the trains them-
Needless to say, the connection between the ferry-
HARWICH TO ZEEBRUGGE SERVICE
During the war tons and tons of munitions for our armies in France were loaded into wagons and run by train to Richborough, on the Kent Coast, taken over on the same wagons to Dunkirk, and run there straight on to the French railways. Had it not been for the ferry all the munitions would have needed to be transferred from train to steamer on one side, and from steamer back to train on the other -
A FLOATING RAILWAY
This is one of those wonderful ferry boats which, during the war, carried whole trains between England and France. The floor, which appears as if it were suspended above the hull of the boat, carried rails onto which the railway vehicles are run. It is made to rise and fall, so that whatever may be the height of the tide it can be brought level with the quay.*
The first regular train ferry in the country is now being worked by the London and North Eastern Railway from Harwich, in Essex, to the famous port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, and a stream of merchandise is being carried in both directions in through wagons. Recently, for example, a large consignment of fish was worked through by this route in record time from the East Coast ports right down to Northern Italy, where it was eagerly bought up.
As yet we have no passenger train-
Locomotives do not usually travel with their trains on these ferries; but on the Oakland ferry of the Southern Pacific Railroad of America, out of San Francisco -
The other picture in this chapter shows a rather different kind of sea-
From Cecil J Allen’s Railway Wonders (1925)
You can read more on “Train Ferries” in Clarence Winchester’s Railway Wonders of the World (1935)
*Note: this illustration is taken from Thomas Corbin’s book The Romance of Modern Railways (London: Seeley, 1922). Mr Corbin’s book contains no chapter on train ferries, yet this illustration fits perfectly into Mr Allen’s account reproduced above.
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