The legendary Mail Rail – the old Post Office Underground Railway that closed in 2003 – is to re-open as a museum and underground ride. We’re struggling to think of a more unusual event space than that!
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 and 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 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. We can’t wait to see the grand opening!