05 December 2016 | 8 °C

Video: Inside Mail Rail

Video: Inside Mail Rail

You won't find it on your tube map, but there's an underground station beneath the streets of Clerkenwell. This is Mount Pleasant, one of eight stops on the Mail Rail tube line. The private route was used by the Post Office to transport letters and parcels across the capital from 1927 to 2003.

We took a of Mount Pleasant station, including a journey through the tunnels in a passenger car. The station and tracks will be opened as an attraction in 2017 as the British Postal Museum and Archive.

We also recorded a second video, showing an eight-minute journey through the tunnels.

Last Updated 17 October 2016

BadgerSpanner

No mention of the Christmas party decorations painted on the tunnel? The workers used to hold family parties and had Santa deliver presents via the train!

Nick.13

Why it is closed for PO use - I would have thought it is still the most efficient way of getting mail around London, the roads are so full

Dave K

Interesting little video, looking forwards to having a snoop round when its open!

Alan Pearse

Been to Mount Pleasant years ago to see the postal service there and the train. Brilliant tour.

Francesca Fenn

Do I really have to wait till 2020 to get a ride? That's an awfully long time!

hostile_17

I'm glad Geoff doesn't call it secret like the newsletter does. I don't believe it is now or was ever a secret...

WestbourneLife

Fabulous video. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to being able to visit this myself!