Learn how the post was sorted on and exchanged from a moving train for over 100 years
In the days gone by nearly all the country’s mail was moved by rail. It would have been exchanged on the move from specialised coaches called ‘Travelling Post Office’ (TPO) Coaches on routes all across the country. Peterborough in particular was central to the UK’s distribution network. The Nene Valley Railway is one of the few places in the country that this spectacle can be seen. Come and visit us on 20th/21st September for our Mail by Rail event where we will have one of the largest and most diverse collections of road and rail postal vehicles in the country on display over the weekend.
This year’s event will feature visiting New Build A1 No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ alongside Standard 5 73050 ' City of Peterborough'. The event will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the final TPO journey on the UK rail network.
Due to maintenance on the coaches, this event will be the only Post Office Event taking place on the NVR this year.
Attractions will include:
See the restoration progress on M30272M, the last remaining coach of the Great Train Robbery. Tours start at 10.45 and 12.15 from the Station Masters Office on Platform 2.
See the progress of The Night Mail Project at Ferry Meadows.
At Ferry Meadows we have a cab from a modern class 325 electric multiple unit on display as well as a vehicle from the mysterious London Post Office Railway amongst other exhibits. You can also see the progress on the museum which we are planning on building on site. A tour of the site will start at 14.05 each day from Ferry Meadows Station. We recommend those travelling take the 13.50 from Wansford (Train tickets will be required).
We are pleased to announce that The Luton Model Railway Club will be in attendance with their model diorama of The Great Train Robbery, '03.24 8-8-63'. This model has featured extensively on The BBC News Website, The Mail Online, and The Mirror amongst others. It will be the only opportunity to see both the model and M30272M, the only surviving coach from the train.
The Luton Model Railway Club ‘O’ Gauge section present their latest group venture. But rather than another layout they decided to create something with a difference. This diorama depicts the events which took place in the early hours of the morning of 8th August 1963 at a lonely section of the West Coast Main Line, just a few miles to the south of Leighton Buzzard.
An event which became infamously known as ‘The Great Train Robbery’, where a gang of around 15 robbers attacked a southbound mail train and made off with almost 3 million pounds, a huge fortune at the time. The rest is history and well documented elsewhere, but this scene shows the actual robbery taking place.
The Class 40 (EE type 4) locomotive (D326) hauling the postal train that was the subject of the Great Train Robbery. This ill-fated locomotive was involved in multiple accidents during its service life, and contributed to the deaths of at least twenty people. The locomotive was cut up at Doncaster in the 1980’s.
How to find us:
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.
Sat Nav: PE8 6LR
For other stations see http://www.nvr.org.uk/how-to-find-us