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Mail by Rail

Experience the thrill of The Night Mail at our Mail by Rail event

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Join us at the Nene Valley Railway to explore how mail has been moved around the country for over a hundred years, as we reveal some of the mystery behind what really happened on the night of The Great Train Robbery. From the humble postman’s bike to a modern express mail train, find out how a simple letter travelled from A-B from the nineteenth century, right through to the modern day.

The highlight of the weekend will be our ‘Mail Train Experiences’ where you can ride in our Travelling Post Office (TPO) train. Visitors then alight before watching demonstration run-pasts to experience how mail was exchanged in heavy leather pouches from a moving train.

On the Travelling Post Office train you can test your mail sorting speed, a hands-on activity for young and old.

On Saturday 1st June the TPO train will be hauled by BR Class 45 ‘Peak’ 45041, and on Sunday 2nd June by BR Class 14 9529.

Admission to the Travelling Post Office train is standalone and costs £10 per person. This will allow you to travel on all Travelling Post Office/Mail by Rail trains during the day. Standard charges apply to the service train. 

Please note, due to the historic nature of our TPO coaches and the mail exchange sites, there is no access for disabled passengers or toilet facilities. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Please ensure you bring your tickets either on your smartphone or printed off to present on arrival at our Stations or to a Travelling Ticket Inspector on the train.

All children are to be accompanied by a paying adult.