Taking Bath underground.

London’s newly re-opened Postal Museum – www.postalmuseum.org – now includes the ‘thrill’ of a ride on the capital’s Mail Rail through tunnels that have lain abandoned for years.

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The Mail Train rides again! Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The underground system transported letters and parcels 6½ miles from Paddington to Whitechapel , for over 75 years – from the 1920s until its closure in 2003 – linking six sorting offices with mainline railway stations and delivering four million letters every day.

With that in mind Robert Draper of Bath writes: “Is there a lesson here for Bath to help alleviate our traffic problems? ………….


Milsom Street – between Waterstones and Lloyds Bank.

There is a narrow track underground railway beneath Milsom Street going roughly between Waterstones and the Octagon.

Looking across Milsom Street from Lloyds Bank.

I remember, from Octagon Theatre Club days, the line being blocked by a breeze-block wall, probably by a bank nervous of acquisitive Bathonian villains breaking into their vaults!”