Did you know there was a secret underground railway that ran for 75 years under the streets of London?
In 1927 Royal Mail built a miniature train line, based on one in Chicago to shuttle mail between the main sorting offices in London. The congested traffic on the roads of the capital was making life hard for postal workers, so the tiny train was seen as an innovative solution.
The 2ft narrow gauge ‘London Post Office Railway’ ran for over 6 miles from Paddington to Whitechapel, but Royal Mail closed it down in 2003 for being too expensive to run compared with road transport.
Visitors can also hear stories from the railway’s former workers, who worked in shifts to keep the line running and the post moving through the capital for 22 hours a day!
The postal train museum is open every day (except for the 24th to the 26th December) from 10.00 – 17.00.
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Get a taste of the Royal Mail Rail story by watching this YouTube video
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The line has been abandoned since 2003, and would only occasionally disturbed by ‘urban exploration groups’ intent on finding secret underground stations!
The pint-sized railway is now open to the public for the first time ever, as part of a new attraction at the British Postal Museum and Archive in Phoenix Place.
You can book tickets for a ride through the formerly abandoned stations, which have been largely unchanged over the years. The ride will take you back in time to the 1930’s heyday of the railway, and through mysterious stalactite-filled tunnels deep underground.
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