London’s ‘must do’ railway ride to open next spring

The UK’s newest and most innovative railway attraction is on track to open next spring, providing passengers with a glimpse of a unique world 70ft beneath the streets of London.

From the archives: Wearing just a trilby as head protection, a Post Office Underground Railway worker enters a tunnel during the line’s operational days with a ‘freight train’ carrying a transformer secured by rope on a flat truck. THE POSTAL MUSEUM
From the archives: Wearing just a trilby as head protection, a Post Office Underground Railway worker enters a tunnel during the line’s operational days with a ‘freight train’ carrying a transformer secured by rope on a flat truck. THE POSTAL MUSEUM

Visitors will travel on nearly a mile of a 2ft-gauge railway that, although opened in 1927, has never previously carried members of the public. It was built to transport mail from Paddington in west London to Liverpool Street and Whitechapel Road in the east, and at its peak its driverless electric trains moved four million letters a day, calling at eight stations en route, each of which handled mail from central London sorting offices.

Read more in the latest issue of Heritage Railway

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