Train ferry

SIR THOMAS BOUCH (1822 – 1880) was born near Carlisle and lived in Edinburgh. In 1850, when engineer and manager to the Edinburgh and Northern Railway, he introduced the first roll on roll off ferry service in the world, across the Firth of Forth from Granton to Burntisland, in Fife. Launched in 1858, the paddle [...]

This was the implementation at Langstone, based on that at the Firths of Forth and Tay. See article http://haylingbillyheritage.org/uncategorised/prototype-for-brading-langstone-train-ferry/. the main differences were; 1. the engine used for the winching of the bridge section was enclosed in a building and 2. only two railway tracks were catered for. Note: Locomotives were not allowed on the bridge [...]

The system called 'Floating Railway' was pioneered in Scotland as a solution to moving freight across the Firths of Forth and Tay. At the time, the technology to build bridges suitable to span these Firths did not exist. I shall write more about this in a future article. See http://haylingbillyheritage.org/uncategorised/langstone-iow-langstone-ferry-terminal/ for the Langstone implementation of this [...]