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Work has begun on the Postal Museum (ie the home of the Mail Rail!)

Work has begun on the Postal Museum (ie the home of the Mail Rail!)
Miles Willis

Back in 2014, we heard whispers that the legendary Mail Rail – the old Post Office Underground Railway that closed in 2003 – could re-open as a museum and underground ride. Well guess what, London? It's finally happening! The Mail Rail opened in 1927 and was the first driverless electric railway in the world (in your face, DLR). It was used to shuttle post across the city (the clue's in the name) but has been out of use ever since it closed down in 2003.

But now the disused tunnels are set to be transformed into the British Postal Museum & Archive’s new Postal Museum, where you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the postal service, with interactive exhibitions and rare artefacts including a priceless sheet of The Penny Black stamps and the original 1963 plaster cast of The Queen, which is still on our stamps today.

But best of all, you'll be able to hitch a ride on the refurbished Mail Rail, which will be open to the public for the first time. It's due to open in early 2017 and they're expecting 186,000 visitors in the first year alone – so make sure you've got a ticket to ride.

Find out more about the Postal Museum.

Take a look behind the scenes of the Mail Rail.

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