Come & join us on April 29th, 30th & May 1st and learn how post was picked up onto a moving train hauled by Thomas. Please see the main page for Travelling Post Office fares
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Category:Events in April
Tags:Thomas & Travelling Post Office
Date:Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Thomas is excited that the Wansford Controller is letting him pull the mail train over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway (April 29th, 30th & May 1st). Come along and meet Postie Pete and his Cat, Ginger, who work on the mail train. The trip starts with everyone riding in the mail train through the tunnel before Thomas, Pete and Ginger show you how they exchange heavy bags of mail from a moving train using the big nets on the train and on the ground!
Pete is in charge of the mail trains and Wansford Post Office, but he sometimes makes mistakes. Luckily Ginger knows what he’s doing and makes sure everything runs smoothly. Not that Pete realises of course! Come along and help Ginger and Thomas out for a great day out.
Mail trains leave from Wansford 10.30, 12.15 and 14.00.
One of Thomas’ bigger friends will also be pulling the main line train down to Peterborough. Get off at Ferry Meadows for the ‘Night Mail Experience’. The Royal Mail was first created to carry the letters of Kings and Queens. Our new exhibition, aimed at older children, will be open to explore at Ferry Meadows telling the story of how the Mails became Royal. The Night Mail Experience also includes a diorama of The Great Train Robbery and a range of Royal Mail Vans and vehicles. Also at Ferry Meadows are our Bouncy Castle and Miniature Railway along with our Traditional Sweetshop and toys for sale. You can also see the progress our youth group is making on restoring more mail carriages.
The train has a fully licenced bar and your ticket allows you to hop on and off the train throughout the day. Our café will be open at Wansford, and refreshments are also available at Ferry Meadows.
The Mail Train Experience takes around 40 minutes. After approximately 5 minutes in the mail train, then all passengers disembark and walk to our Mail Exchange Apparatus site for the main part of the show. Please be aware, this is in the open and the duration is around 25 minutes. Once everything is done you can get back on the train and have a go at sorting letters for the journey back to Wansford.
Due to the historic nature of the mail coaches and the mail exchange location we are unfortunately unable to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs on the mail service. Wheelchair users are still able to travel on the main line train.
Turn off the A1 at the new Stibbington fly over, which is 1 mile south of the A1 / A47 interchange and 4 miles north of the end of the A1(M). Look for the large brown "Nene Valley Railway" signs on both the A1 and A47.
Note: Avoid Wansford village on the opposite side of the A1.
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