October 28, 2018 - 2:00 pm
We have arranged a Visit to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail Ride on Sunday 28th October 2018. The Postal Museum is split across two sites – The Postal Museum and Mail Rail – separated by a road with a Zebra Crossing. Chancery Lane and Russell Square Tube Stations and King’s Cross and Farringdon Tube and Rail Stations are all about 10-20 minutes away on foot; and the nearest bus stops are located in Gray’s Inn Road (17, 45,46), Farringdon Road (3, 748) and Rosebery Avenue (19, 38, 341). There is no car parking available.
We shall meet at the Museum entrance at 15-20 Phoenix Place at 2.00 p.m. after which we will view the Museum Exhibits. We will then ride on the Mail Train between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. After the Ride Mail Rail Galleries can be viewed. We shall meet up to depart at 4.30 p.m. An informal Fish supper will be held afterwards at 5.00 p.m. at Kennedy’s of Goswell Road, 184-186 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DT (where for every two full meals a free bottle of wine is served!)
Tickets will cost £14 per person (which includes a small administration charge for the Society).
About the Mail Rail Ride: The Mail Rail Ride lasts approx. 15 minutes and is an impressive underground experience. The ride contains moments of pitch darkness and some loud noises and flashing lights. The ride takes a loop under Mount Pleasant (roughly 1.2 km) through tunnels that are only 7 ft (21.3 cm) wide at their narrowest point. The ride is narrated by a Mail Rail engineer and the train stops at two station platforms when films about the history of Mail Rail are projected onto the walls. At one point the ride simulates a power cut. This is brief but everyone in our group is warned! Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the Mail Rail and to ensure safety, access to the ride is restricted. All visitors boarding the train must be able to transfer themselves in and out of the train unaided. In the event of an emergency evacuation all visitors must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain, in a confined space and with low lighting levels for approx. 100 metres, before climbing 70 steps to the surface. Due to the size constrictions of the ride, no wheelchairs or walking aids or bags of any size (including handbags) can be accommodated in the carriages and must be left in the cages or lockers provided before boarding the train. Due to the size of the tunnels, the train carriages are small and may be uncomfortable/unsuitable for visitors who are claustrophobic. Train dimensions are as follows: carriages are 130 cm high; bench seating is 80 cm wide; seat to overhead canopy is 87 cm; distance between seats is 43 cm. The Mail Ride contains features such as loud noises and flashing lights which may be unsuitable for those with pre-existing conditions that could be made worse by these features.
Accessible Mail Rail Show: An Accessible Mail Rail Show is available in Mail Rail for those visitors who cannot/do not wish to ride the train. This features footage showing the journey through the tunnels, excerpts from the audio soundtrack and the full-length films from the station platforms.