Mail Rail

Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, is a driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.
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The Post Office Railway, or Mail Rail, in 1927.

The Post Office Railway, or Mail Rail, in Operated a mile route beneath the streets of London until

Artwork for a poster advertising the Post Office (London) Railway (AKA Mail Rail) by Edward Bawden. (POST 109/515)

Mail Rail Archive Open Day

Post Office Tube Railway: Artwork for a poster Linocut by Edward Bawden. Proposal for the London Underground Poster, but rejected.

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland.  Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition".  www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition  Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/outbound-twist

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland. Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition". www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/outbound-twist

1980s Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

A visit down to Mail Rail

Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

Laying scissors crossing, Mail Rail. (POST 20-355/27)

Mail Rail Archive Open Day

On Saturday September the Royal Mail Archive will be holding a themed open day to celebrate the Post Office Underground Railway (Mail Rail).

Postmen loading bags from conveyor into containers to use on the Post Office underground railway. (POST 118/381)

Venture to our Museum Store on 24th August to find out more about Mail Rail…

Postmen loading bags from conveyor into containers to use on the Post Office underground railway.

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland.  Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition".  www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition  Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/waiting-in-the-dark

Long forgotten: Old Tube stations and secret tunnels have long intrigued visitors to London, so the abandoned Mail Rail is expected to attract a lot of attention

Our 1927 Mail Rail car, which will be one of many attractions at the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Weekend, Henley-on-Thames, 17-19 May 2013.

Our 1927 Mail Rail car, which will be one of many attractions at the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Weekend, Henley-on-Thames, May

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland.  Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition".  www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition  Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/ascent

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland. Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition". www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/ascent


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1980s Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

A visit down to Mail Rail

Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

The British Postal Museum & Archive with support from The PRISM (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) fund administered by Arts Council England and the AiM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant Scheme, and the involvement of volunteers and conservators, has been working on a project to conserve two Mail Rail trains. Mail Rail was an underground railway built by the Post Office under the streets of London. It ran between Paddington Station and Whitechapel, and was in use from…

The British Postal Museum & Archive with support from The PRISM (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) fund administered by Arts Council England and the AiM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant Scheme, and the involvement of volunteers and conservators, has been working on a project to conserve two Mail Rail trains. Mail Rail was an underground railway built by the Post Office under the streets of London. It ran between Paddington Station and Whitechapel, and was in use from…

The car depot and workshop of Mail Rail (AKA the Post Office Railway), the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

The car depot and workshop of Mail Rail (AKA the Post Office Railway), the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

1930s Mail Rail train prior to conservation work, showing lots of surface grease.

Mail Rail train prior to conservation work, showing lots of surface grease.

Our 1927 Mail Rail car, which will be one of many attractions at the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Weekend, Henley-on-Thames, 17-19 May 2013.

Our 1927 Mail Rail car, which will be one of many attractions at the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Weekend, Henley-on-Thames, May

1930s mail train after the conservation work has taken place and a special conservation-approved Renaissance Wax has been applied to all surfaces to protect them and prevent further corrosion.

mail train after the conservation work has taken place and a special conservation-approved Renaissance Wax has been applied to all surfaces to protect them and prevent further corrosion.

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland. Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition".  www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition  Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/silent-cherry

Image ©Bradley Photography, Northumberland. Part of a selection of images on show at The British Postal Museum & Archive, London, as part of "Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition". www.postalheritage.org.uk/mail-rail-exhibition Exclusive signed prints available from www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/silent-cherry

Senior Curator Chris Taft poses with Mail Rail rolling stock recovered from the underground tunnels at Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, London in 2011.

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Our Senior Curator Chris Taft poses with Mail Rail rolling stock recovered from the underground tunnels at Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, London in

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