In those days, railway companies were also shipping companies, mainly operating ferries that worked to the railway timetable. The trend was started by Brunel who designed the Great Britain as a transatlantic extension of the GWR. So over the front door of Britannia house, Usher placed personifications of Rail and Sea Travel. The name of the sculptor is lost, unfortunately.
|On the left, a girl in a winged helmet holds a steam loco. A wheel pokes out behind.|
|On the right, a man holds an anchor with one hand and the rather ornately carved stem of a boat with the other.|