History stands in front of London as 70ft rail mail will publicly be open in September
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 09-Aug-2017
London, August 9: Deep below London's bustling streets, a piece of once-vital communications technology will soon be roaring back into life after years of disuse - a train.
The train operates on the “mail rail” line- a 6.4 mile underground train track that once transported letters and parcels 70 feet below the ground. The line, construction of which began in 1915, ceased operations in 2003. It will be opened to the public next month as a tourist attraction, part of the new Postal Museum in the city's Clerkenwell district."Mail rail originally came about because mail was being delayed in London due to congestion in the streets above us," Adrian Steel, director of the Postal Museum.
One of the biggest jobs for the workers and the team was to find a way for the people to get in to the narrow tunnel. However, the tunnels played a huge role back then in World War One and World War Two. Construction of the line was halted when war broke out and the space was instead used to store valuable artefacts, and was relied on heavily to avoid mail disruption during the blitz of World War Two.
Aside from its unique history, another aspect of the mail rail line sets it apart from other London underground train lines - an absence of rats.
"It's a rodent free terminal and under London which is unusual", Steel said. "Because there were no people on the trains, there is no food for the rats and mice". The rail mail will be open to public from September 4.