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Folkestone harbour bridge, 1930
Southern Railway tank engines assist a boat train over the Folkestone Harbour swing bridge
The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation
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© Charles Brown Collection, Royal Air Force Museum
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1. Title: "A Symphony of Transport: Southern Railway Tank Engines and a Boat Train Cross Folkestone Harbour Swing Bridge, 1930" In this evocative black-and-white photograph, we witness a captivating moment in the annals of transport history. Taken by Charles E Brown during the interwar period, the image captures the essence of a bygone era when the railways reigned supreme as the primary mode of long-distance travel. The location is the picturesque Folkestone Harbour in Kent, England, where the Southern Railway's tank engines lend a helping hand to a boat train as it crosses the iconic swing bridge. The Southern Railway's tank engines, with their distinctive shapes and intricate details, are a testament to the engineering prowess of the time. Their powerful presence is juxtaposed against the delicate curves and graceful lines of the boat train, which is poised to sail across the English Channel to continental Europe. The boats, neatly arranged on the train, seem to dance in anticipation of their impending journey. The Folkestone Harbour swing bridge, a marvel of engineering in its own right, connects the mainland to the harbour and allows the passage of both rail and road traffic. The bridge's massive gears and cables are clearly visible, emphasizing the intricate mechanism that enables the structure to open and close, allowing the boats and trains to pass through. As we gaze at this image, we are transported back in time to an era when the world was more connected than ever before, and the railways played a crucial role in bridging the gap between nations. The symphony of transport – the harmonious blend of land and sea travel – is on full display, making this photograph a captivating reminder of the past and a celebration of the ingenuity and innovation that shaped our world.
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