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Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (ALA)


Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (ALA) was the French subsidiary company of the Southern Railway. It’s heritage can be traced back to 1927 when it was established as a subsidiary of the French shipping company Société Anonyme de Gérance et d’Armement (SAGA), passing into the ownership of the Southern Railway in 1936. The Southern Railway was nationalised along with the rest of the railway network in 1948 and incorporated into British Railways. ALA remained a French registered company until 1977 when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Rail Board and it passed to Sealink UK Ltd in 1979.

© Bob Scott

Mv Saint Eloi – Past and Present

MV Moby Love, ex King Orry, Channel Entente, Saint Eloi – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cantieri Navali di Pietra Ligure, Genoa. Italy (Yard No. 12) for the Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (or A.L.A. for short) in 1972 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles

© Ted Ingham

Ts Twickenham Ferry – Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1446)