'Train Ferry Boat', 1936.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Original oil painting by Walter Thomas for a poster produced for the Southern Railway. The painting shows the Twickenham Ferry, which was one of three ferries built to carry 12 sleeping cars or 40 loaded goods wagons. Pasengers could board a train at London Victoria, and then retire to their carriage on board the ferry at Dover, to sleep the rest of the journey to Paris. The train ferry dock at Dover was built for the Southern Railway in the early 1930s, after a failed attempt to build a railway tunnel under the English Channel.