The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 10 (January 2, 1939)
A Luxury Boat Train
A Luxury Boat Train.
With more settled conditions on the continent, travel between Britain and the mainland of Europe promises to increase very markedly during the coming months. One of the most popular routes to the continent is that operated by the L. & N.E. Railway by way of the port of Harwich. A new luxury boat train, the “Hook Continental,” was recently introduced between Liverpool Street Station, London, and Harwich, running in connection with the railway steamer sailings to and from Holland. The train consists of eleven carriages, having seats for 84 first and 240 second-class passengers, and two Pullman seating 44 first-class passengers. Most of the carriages are of the saloon type, but by a clever arrangement of seats a considerable degree of privacy is assured. Each section in the first-class coaches seats four passengers on revolving chairs which, with specially-designed tables, enable the occupants either to sit facing the table during meals, or to turn away from the table at other times. In the second-class sections, seats for six passengers are provided. The train is electrically lit throughout, and all cooking is performed by electricity. Air-conditioned and sound-proofed, the “Hook Continental” leaves London every evening conveying passengers for all European centres.