Could this forgotten London underground train network re-open?

Deep beneath the streets of London there lies an astonishing secret… There isn’t just one tube network, but two.

Crossing the breadth of the city are miles of abandoned subterranean train lines that used to make up the little-known London Post Office Railway.

Since being abandoned in 2003, the railway has been left to ruin.

But that may soon be about to change as the Post Office has announced plans to get the track up and running again.

The railway has a remarkable history, first being used to carry the Christmas post of 1927, and then continuing to move mail across the capital until its closure in May 2003.

The narrow-gauge, driverless trains travelled through the purpose built network of tunnels at speeds of up to 40mph, delivering mail from Paddington Head District Sorting Office in the west, to the Eastern Head District Sorting Offic in Whitechapel, six-and-a-half miles away.

There were eight original stations, the largest of which was at the Mount Pleasant sorting office.

It is at Mount Pleasant that the Post Office now wants to re-open a section of the track - though not in its former function, but as a part of a museum about the history of the Post Office.

In addition to the tunnels and the train, which lucky visitors may be able to ride between three stations, there is also a large underground space which could be used as part of the museum.

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