Transport: Channel Sleepers

To Julius Caesar, St. Augustine of Canterbury, William the Conqueror and almost everyone else through the ages who has traveled between England and the Continent, the English Channel has been an annoying journey. This week marks a partial end of that ancient inconvenience. It is now possible to board a train in London, go to sleep, and wake next morning in Paris, as one of three big train-ferries carries the whole train across the 50 rough miles of water from Dover to Dunkirk.

Train ferries are not new. On the Channel, they were first tried...

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