Did you know that there’s a tube station in north Clerkenwell? Well, sort of. Mount Pleasant is one of eight stations on the former London Post Office Railway, often called Mail Rail.
Mail Rail trains carried parcels between Paddington and Whitechapel from 1927 to 2003, when the line was mothballed to save money. Now, plans are afoot to reopen the Mount Pleasant station as an attraction. Visitors will not only get to walk around this fascinating piece of industrial heritage, they will also be able to take a ride through the tunnels that loop around Mount Pleasant.
The station is unlikely to open for a few years, but the first phase will see a new postal museum open in 2016 on the Mount Pleasant site.
We were granted access recently, to get an early preview of what to expect. We’re working on a video of the trip but, for now, here are a few snaps of the tunnels, platforms and maintenance area.