21 JUNE 1913, Page 3

Professor L. Luiggi, late Technical Adviser of Italian State Railways,

has an interesting letter in Monday's Times on train ferries in practice. Speaking from his own experi- ence—be established a ferry between Italy and Sicily— and judging by the results achieved on the ferries between Sassnitz and Denmark and between Denmark and Sweden, he regards this as by far the best means of accelerating the London-to- Paris service. The difference in gauge he regards as negligible, all transshipment and Customs difficulties would be avoided, the transmission of perishable goods could be effected with less cost, whilst English manufacturers of railway rolling- stock might compete on equal terms with Germans in Con- tinental markets.