The Post Office Railway
The Post Office Railway
Mail Rail on display in the BPMA Store at Debden.








Photo: Mail Rail motive unit and rolling stock © Light Straw Archive May 2014.
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Photo: A former engine and trucks of the Post Office Railway, on display at Amberley Museum ( LSA April 2008 ).

Overview

A unique railway, under the streets of London, carrying the mail at speed... Sadly the railway was mothballed in 2003 and no longer speeds the mail, but remnants of it can be discovered at various museums throughout the UK.

At Amberley
MailRail at Amberley
A motive unit (engine) of the former Post Office Railway. The two foot gauge railway ran from Paddington to Whitechapel powered by 440V d.c. stepped down and rectified from an 11kV a.c. supply from National Grid.



Photo: Mail Rail at Amberley © Light Straw Archive, April 2010.
   
At the BPMA Debden
MailRail at Debden
The British Postal Museum and Archive is undertaking to conserve and display engines and rolling stock from Mail Rail, so that the story of the transportation of mail under London can be told to future generations.

 


Photo: Mail Rail at the BPMA Debden Store © Light Straw Archive, September 2012.
50th Anniversary (1977)
50th Anniversary of the Post Office Railway (1997)
The 50th anniversary of the Post Office Railway (1927-1977) was commemorated by a First Day Cover issue.

Circa 1982, the old motive units and trailers were replaced with 34 new trains. It became Mail Rail on the service's 60th anniversary (1987).

On 30th May 2003 - Mail Rail ceased operation and has been mothballed.


Scan: First Day Stamp cover.
   

Links

Mailrail.co.uk is an unofficial site, but packed with information and photos. Recommended...
Mail Rail
   

And on Mike's Railway History pages you'll find an interesting article The Post Office Tube which details, the little known underground railway.

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