Visit to the Postal Museum with a ride on the Mail Train

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Technical visit
18 August 2018 11:15 - 13:30
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A visit has been arranged to the Postal Museum plus a ride on the Mail Train.

Nearest tube stations:
  Russell Square
  Kings Cross
  Chacery Lane

Assemble at entrance to museum from 11.15 am for an 11.30 start to the visit. A chance to look around exhibits before boarding the Mail Train at 12.25 for a 15 minute ride. After the ride visitors will have further time to look at the exhibits.

Places are limited and booking is essential.  The charge for the visit is £15.50 per person and must be paid in advance. There are a limited number of concession tickets available (over 60 or student). These are £14.00 per person. Please advise when booking if you require any of these (availability cannot be guaranteed). Refunds are not possible.

Cheques to be made payable to IMechE Southern Area.

Payment may also be made by bank transfer.

To book a place and for further details of where to send your cheque or bank details for making a bank transfer please contact Derek Adams via the “Send a message” link below.

Please see the description and important notes below regarding restrictions etc from the Postal Museum web site:-

Descend into the former engineering depot of Mail Rail – the one hundred year old Post Office railway – board a miniature train and descend into the stalactite-filled tunnels. Pass deep below Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant sorting office, see the original and largely unchanged station platforms and be transported back in time. Take in a theatrical experience that peels back the layers of time to the railway’s lively 1930s heyday. See and hear the people who worked on it, experience their lives below ground and glimpse hidden parts of the railway that kept the mail coursing through London for 22 hours every day.

Please note:

  • Loose articles are not permitted on the ride – all belongings must be left in the cages prior to boarding. These are attended but are not locked. Before your ride, you can leave your belongings in lockers at The Postal Museum.
  • Pushchairs and buggies must be left in the buggy park on the ground floor of Mail Rail.
  • Emergency evacuation. In the event of an emergency, trains may have to be evacuated in the tunnels. All visitors must ensure that they are comfortable walking without assistance on uneven terrain, in a confined space and with low lighting levels for approximately 100 metres (328 feet).
  • Descends to 21 metres (70 feet) underground through tunnels no wider than 2 metres (7 feet) at their narrowest point.
  • Contains pitch darkness, loud noises and flashing lights. The use of these effects are limited.
  • Maximum speed of 7.5mph (12 kph).
  • Carriages are small and may be unsuitable or uncomfortable for some visitors. The trains’ measurements are: floor to canopy (130cm or 51 inches); seat to top canopy (87cm or 34 inches); door to door width (80cm or 31 inches); and distance between seats (43cm or 17 inches).



The Postal Museum
15-20, Phoenix Place
United Kingdom

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Derek Adams

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