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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 2 (May 1, 1935)

Railway-operated Steamships

Railway-operated Steamships.

Travel between Britain and the continent promises to prove exceptionally heavy during the next few months, so popular has the continental holiday become with all classes. Railway-operated steamships, plying between Britain and France, form the principal connection across that troublous stretch of water known as the English Channel. The Southern Railway owns the largest cross-Channel fleet, and this line's daily services between Dover-Calais and Folkestone-Boulogne are rightly world-famed. Among the larger Southern passenger vessels are the “Canterbury,” the “Worthing,” and the “Maid of Orleans.”

The fastest service between London and Paris is the daily “Golden Arrow” express. This famous train leaves Victoria Station, London, daily at 11.0 a.m. Dover (Marine) is reached at 12.35 p.m., and the cross-Channel steamer, waiting alongside, departs at 12.55 p.m., reaching Calais at 2.10 p.m. The French “Golden Arrow” train, operated by the Nord Railway, leaves Calais twenty minutes later, and “Gay Paree” is reached at 5.40 p.m. Forward connections from Paris give fast running to cities like Rouen, Lyons and Marseilles, as well as to most of the leading capitals of central and southern Europe.