Seaside holidays 5: the iron road What can you see in the painting? How did most tourists arrive in Folkestone from Victorian times to the 1960s? Expand In this colourful 1950s oil painting we can see a steam train passing over the Foord Viaduct in Folkestone. When the railway was extended to Folkestone in 1843, the town started to grow quickly as a holiday resort. For more than 100 years after that, most visitors arrived by train. Fascinating fact The Foord Viaduct was designed by Victorian engineer Sir William Cubitt. It was completed in 1844. At over 100 feet tall, it is the world’s highest arched brick viaduct. Folkestone became so popular, the trains got very crowded! Expand This humorous 1920s postcard shows just how crowded trains to places like Folkestone could be at the height of the holiday season.