Day 10 | Postal Museum; Mail Rail

Day 10 | Postal Museum; Mail Rail

Today was the best day ever. We visited The Royal Mail, Postal Museum and took a ride on Mail Rail. It was a great experience. The rail took us to an underground ride and we saw some presentations and listened to audio. I thought it would be a good idea to share this great experience with everyone and some facts about the history of Royal Mail too. So let’s get started.

  • In 1950s, airmail really took off after the war, meaning the railway now carried more mail going to and from more places than ever.
  • In 1960s, the Post Office Tower opened in Central London.
  • In 1970s, the post codes were invented and in I974 every item of UK mail carried on the railway had a postcode.

In 1860s they used power of pneumatics to transport mail in tubes. The first working pneumatic railway prototype was tested at Battersea in 1861. After a successful trial the cast-iron tube sections and steam pump from the system were re-used to construct the Post Office.

The Pneumatic railway used steam engines to power giant fans, which drew air out of the end of the tubes. This created a vacuum which sucked the cars along the tracks at a speed of 30 miles per hour.

The Mail Rail Exhibition as well as the Postal Museum were very well set up and very informative. The shop also had very nice stuff including books, pens, bags, wallets and souvenirs. One of the interesting things that I found there was “The Titanic Tragedy”.  By the early 1900s, commercial liners carried overseas mail under the title Royal Mail Ship (RMS). RMS Titanic was one such vessel. She had over 3000 mail sacks aboard on the day she struck an iceberg in 1912. When postal workers realized the mail room was flooding, they started moving the mail to upper decks. A steward later recalled:

” I urged them to leave. They shook their heads and continued at their work. It might have been an inrush of water later that cut off their escape, or it may have been the explosion. I saw them no more.”

Five postal workers were lost on Titanic. Early telegrams wrongly claimed all had been saved.

Over all, I would I say, I enjoyed it very much but I don’t think 2 hours was enough time for us to have the full Postal Museum experience. I will definitely visit again and take my time to read and make notes about more things.

I would strongly recommend visiting the place and I am sure you will not be disappointed.


Happy Saturday Night!


The London Girl

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