Transport engineering specialist, Severn Lamb has created the trains for the historic Mail Rail experience at London’s new Postal Museum, officially opened by Princess Anne in June.
Severn Lamb, a world leader in the manufacture of light urban, leisure & resort transport, created the trains especially for the museum.
Visitors ride the trains as part of the Postal Museum’s Mail Rail 15-minute immersive, underground experience. Once aboard, they travel through the original tunnels and station platforms that once linked mail sorting offices from Paddington to Whitechapel.
The exploration includes a few theatrical surprises designed to keep the fun on track.
First opened in 1927, the underground network was the world’s first driverless electric railway. It closed in 2003 as the sorting offices it served were gradually sold off. Following years of committed fundraising, the unique railway was finally saved and will soon be enjoyed by the public for the first time in almost a century.
Severn Lamb, a company with a long history in the transport industry, was the obvious choice to recreate the small trains. Its team of experts provided design and construction services for the trains and associated ride system.
“This unique project has brought back to life an important piece of British History,” commented Patrick Severn Lamb, the company’s Managing Director. “Severn Lamb are proud to be a part of such an iconic part of postal history.”
Aside from Mail Rail, the Postal Museum features a number of interactive galleries representing five centuries of stories from the world’s first social network. There is also a Discovery Room where researchers will be able to explore the museum’s archive, plus learning spaces designed to welcome 10,000 school children a year.
Transport engineering specialist, Severn Lamb, creates a wide range of vehicles for the leisure and transport industry, from small scale rail trains and vintage vehicles to highly sophisticated monorails, larger scale rail trains and land trains.
The Post Museum opens to the public on 28th July 2017.