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Introduced by the Southern Railway in collaboration with the French Chemin de Fer du Nord (Société National des Chemins de Fer after nationalization in 1938), the Night Ferry operated between London Victoria and Paris Gare du Nord, using rolling stock of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits built to the British loading gauge. It ran over the former South Eastern & Chatham Railway main line from Victoria to Dover and over the Nord company's line from Dunkerque to Paris. The Southern Railway purchased three special ferries — the "Twickenham Ferry," "Shepperton Ferry" and "Hampton Ferry," — two in service and one spare. These were capable of carrying the coaches as well as the passengers of the train, so that passengers could travel from London to Paris without leaving their carriage. Goods wagons and automobiles were also carried. As the coaches were not air-conditioned travel in the hold was somewhat hot in summer but otherwise the Night Ferry provided a first class service. In 1960 the Down train left Victoria at 9.00 p.m. and arrived at the Gare du Nord in Paris at 9.00 a.m., which was an 11 hour journey allowing for the change of time zone. The up train left Paris at 9.10 p.m. and arrived in London 10.00 a.m. The train ceased operation in 1980.
Longitudinal section of the "TSS. Twickenham Ferry," one of the three train-carrying ferries used on the Southern Railway's "Night Ferry" service
1936 Southern Railway advertisement for the "Night Ferry"
1953 British Railways advertisement for the "Night Ferry" showing the train being loaded onto the ferry. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Southern Railway postcard showing the "TSS. Shepperton Ferry"
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