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You Can Now Take A Virtual Ride On The Postal Museum’s Underground Mail Rail

By Georgie Hoole

You Can Now Take A Virtual Ride On The Postal Museum’s Underground Mail Rail

The Postal Museum has launched an online hub that allows you to enjoy the museum experience from your sofa.

As the magic of the Postal Museum remains behind closed doors due to the coronavirus, virtual visitors will be able to hop on board the museum’s star attraction: the famous Mail Rail. “Passengers” on the virtual tour will explore the hidden subterranean world of the 100-year-old Post Office Railway, chugging its way through the original tunnels.

The immersive tour is narrated by former Mail Rail engineer Ray Middlesworth, who will guide you along the train’s journey; through the narrow tunnels beneath the Mount Pleasant sorting office, stopping at station platforms that remain mostly unchanged since its lively 1930s heyday, and many other spots along the way. Ray will provide brilliant insight into how the railway kept post circulating the city for 22 hours a day, keeping everyone—both nationally and across the globe—connected.

You’ll be transported back in time via an impressive audio-visual display, learning all about the impact of the Mail Rail and how it affected our ability to communicate with family and friends.

In addition to this exclusive online experience, you’ll also have the opportunity to peek at the Postal Museum’s off-site storage, home to large objects such as vehicles and pillar boxes. Here you can explore objects from past exhibitions and read stories from Postal Museum experts.

‘Mail Rail from Home’ is available for a limited time only, and you can access it here.

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Also published on Medium.