Mail Rail used to carry mail beneath London's streets from 1927. Driverless underground trains transported mail between sorting offices and London's major railway stations up until 2003 when the system was suspended. However, in 2012 the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) will carry out some conservation work on a 1930's Mail Rail train retrieved from the network in 2011.
"The BPMA now holds three rail cars in its collection, one being the only
known complete example of the original 1927 car. Two of the rail cars
are being actively conserved and there are plans for the third. During
the event on Saturday there will be chance for visitors to witness
conservation first hand and to speak to the conservator undertaking the
work. BPMA curators will also be on site to answer questions about the
railway and there will be some formal talks and tours about the network
and also the pneumatic rail system that preceded Mail Rail. The only
known survivors of the 19th century underground system will also be on
display." said curator Chris Taft on the Museum's blog.
Mail Rail Photo by Cakehole
On Saturday's event you'll have the opportunity to speak to their team about the preservation of this object, take part in talks, tours, film screenings and other family activities. You'll also learn about the history of the Mail Rail network through historic items from the Archive and Museum Collections.
Post Office underground railway Train waiting at loop crossing (BPMA archive)