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« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2017, 08:45:37 pm »

They will have a very good cafe thiugh
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« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2017, 08:15:15 am »

The cafe is indeed excellent, but pricey on some items. £1.75 for a coke can, anyone?!

I'll write up my visit notes tomorrow when I'm in front of a PC keyboard, rather than an iphone keyboard. Suffice to say now that the email re booking info comes out on Monday, with the booking (and likely website crashing, IMHO (in my humble opinion)) on Wednesday sometime.

The booking period is 3 months ahead, so to end of October. Dates in school holidays will be more popular than schooltime, so if you can go in later September & early October (before half-term) you are likely to have better choice.
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« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2017, 06:12:53 pm »

I did the “Mail Train” trip to-day, and looked around The Postal Museum just up the road.  I thoroughly recommend both – the train trip is thoughtfully done with various stops for film montages (on the tunnel walls) on the 20 minute round trip.   It’s stating the obvious to point out that headroom in the train is limited – some elderly people (ie older than me) were having trouble getting themselves in and out of the train.  It was running about 10 late (which was better than my HST (High Speed Train) on the way into Paddington), which may be due to loading/unloading issues which should get sorted out as they gain experience etc.

The museum is interesting, informative and well laid out.  I beg to differ with ChrisB re the café – I bought a cellophane wrapped, tasteless cheese roll and asked for a coffee.  They gave me a number and said it would be brought to my table – taking it away with my roll wasn’t an option. 

The merchandise is mainly kid-based or London tourist tat.  Nothing serious for grown-ups interested in learning a bit more about the railway.
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« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2017, 06:23:07 pm »

No take-away when I was there. Wverythinh freshly prepared & briught to your seat. Somw items were on the ouch! side of your wallet though. Sounds like its gone downhill a bit. Maybe they couldn't keep up with the orders after opening properly?
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« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2017, 08:06:15 am »

Had my trip to the newly re-opened museum this past week.

Interesting to note the calling pattern of the horse-drawn mail coaches in the days before the railway



The museum has a good collection of items from the Post Office's past - including the telephone side of the business before it was split off to become BT.



The highlight though is Mail Rail



I thought the underground visual presentations were good - making use of the tunnel walls as a projector screen - although the vocal commentary was a little stilted.



Not the easiest place to get photos of though!





Overall a good way to spend a couple of hours.  It wouldn't be the attraction it is without the underground ride.  So it is interesting to note the original idea was to house the museum in Swindon!  From the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) (February 2011).

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Plans to build a new £19m museum in Swindon have been scrapped.

The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) had planned to make Swindon's Railway Works Conservation Area the home of a new British Postal Museum.

But after "undertaking extensive feasibility work" the trustees have decided not to continue with the plan.

Tim Ellison, BPMA project manager said: "Nothing against Swindon - the BPMA remain convinced that Swindon offers a fantastic option for the museum." "But unfortunately last week we had some very disappointing news regarding our funding expectation for the project and it was deemed that the project in its current form in Swindon was no longer viable," he said.
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« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2017, 10:31:37 am »

Interesting to note the calling pattern of the horse-drawn mail coaches in the days before the railway

It's also interesting that those Royal Mails are all evening departures. Presumably that means they travelled through the night, implying both that passengers got no sleep and that the coach was driven in the dark.

I know that wagons carrying goods would travel in the dark, but they could be led by a man with a lantern and at his pace. But mail coaches were a lot faster - so how did that work? And I'd expect a big distinction to be made in the advertising between day coaches with a stop at an inn and overnight ones.
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« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2020, 08:59:15 pm »

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Tickets Alert: Walk through the Mail Rail tunnels

Posted on 11th December 2020 Posted in London Ticket Alert, Underground London

More dates have been announced for a chance to walk through the tunnels deep under Clerkenwell once used by the Post Office?s private Mail Rail trains.

Visitors will get access to the original tunnels, tracks and station platforms of London?s 100-year-old postal railway, letting you explore parts of the railway that aren?t accessible on the Mail Rail ride.

Tickets cost GBP 55 per person, for ages 12+ only.

Walks will depart at 15.00, 15.30, 18.00 and 18.30 on the following dates:

Wednesday 6, 20 January
Wednesday 3, 17 February
Wednesday 3, 17 and 31 March
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