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  London Post Office Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Post Office Railway, also known as Mail Rail, is a narrow gauge driverless private underground railway in London built by the Post Office to move mail between sorting offices.
It ran east-west from Paddington Head District Sorting Office in the west to the Eastern Head District Sorting Office at Whitechapel in the east, a distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).
Despite a report by the Greater London Authority in support of the continued use of Mail Rail, the system was taken out of use in the early hours of 31 May 2003.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/London_Post_Office_Railway   (349 words)

 Post office - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items.
Post offices also rent post-office boxes to people and businesses who prefer not to have mail delivered to their home or office.
In many countries, post offices include other functions, such as a place to pick up various government forms, to apply for passports and driving licences to send money to others, etc. In some countries, the post office functions as a financial bank and/or a central place to use public telephones.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Post_Office   (1214 words)

 Read about London at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research London and learn about London here!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
London was founded on the north bank of the Thames and there was only a single bridge, London Bridge, for many centuries.
London's large built up area creates a microclimate, with heat stored by the city's buildings: sometimes temperatures are 5°C (9°F) warmer in the city than in the surrounding areas.
East End of London is closest to the original Port of London, and tended for that reason to be the area of the city where immigrants arriving into the port would settle first.
encyclopedia.worldvillage.com /s/b/London   (5160 words)

 Driverless Subway Trains
The railway, which is six and a half miles in length, and of which the original cost was about a million and a half pounds, was begun in 1914, but construction was stopped during the war, when the completed tunnels were used to store national art treasures away from the dangers of air raids.
At Mount Pleasant the control cabin is equipped with as many as fifty-six levers; the number is understandable when it is borne in mind that, in addition to the quadruple tracks at the stations and the crossovers and sidings, six of the eight stations are also equipped with reversing loops.
At Liverpool Street and Paddington, where the London and North Eastern and Great Western Railways respectively deal with large quantities of foreign in addition to inland mails, there is also an elaborate system for conveying the mail matter between the railway termini and the Post Office Tube stations.
mikes.railhistory.railfan.net /r023.html   (2823 words)

 London   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
London (see also alternative names) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England.
The former capital of a global empire, London is pre-eminent in the culture, communications, politics, finance, and arts of its country, and has considerable influence worldwide.
London is the home of many institutions, organisations and companies, and as such retains an important role in global affairs.
www.kiwipedia.com /london.html   (250 words)

 History of the Post Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The first post office was located in Mill Street in what is now known as Old Paynesville or old town as the first Paynesville settlement.
A triangular area of post offices were located within a few miles of each other.
The London Post office underground railway is closed.
www.newman.ac.uk /Students_Websites/~s.k.chaven/histpo.htm   (223 words)

 London Underground
The railway bought up extra land adjacent to the railway and built houses in a spectacularly practical example of demand creation and by 1880 the 'Met' was carrying 40 million passengers a year.
Zones 1 to 6 cover all of Greater London and a few extra stations; the remaining zones are named A, B, C and D, of which zone D is the most remote and consists of Amersham and Chesham out in the Chiltern Hills on the Metropolitan Line.
London Transport now produces a map specifically indicating which stations are accessible and more recent line maps are noting which stations provide step-free access to street level.
www.askfactmaster.com /London_Underground   (4100 words)

 Articles - City of London   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The modern conurbation of London developed from the City of London and the nearby City of Westminster, which was the centre of the royal government.
A section near the Museum of London was revealed after the devastation of an air-raid on 29 December 1940 at the height of the Blitz.
The City of London is England´s smallest ceremonial county by both population and area covered and is the second smallest British city in both population and size, after St David´s in Wales.
www.sterlingsilvercenter.com /articles/City_of_London   (1534 words)

 Bobex the smartest way to buy or sell business services and products
London Bobex comment, 23/05/2006: The contact data for this public tender is available in the detailed description.
London Bobex comment, 18/05/2006: The contact data for this public tender is available in the detailed description.
London Bobex comment, 15/05/2006: The contact data for this public tender is available in the detailed description.
www.bobex.co.uk /bobexuk/control/suppliers   (5003 words)

 Capsule Pipelines - History - Pneumatic Despatch
The London Pneumatic Despatch Company (also sometime referred to as the London Pneumatic Dispatch Company) was formed on 30th June 1859 [3], and its Act of Parliament empowering the Company to open the streets and lay down tubes received the Royal Assent on 13th August 1859.
A permanent line was constructed between the Euston station of the London and North Western Railway (beneath platform one), and the North West District Post Office in Eversholt Street (1/3 mile), using a 30 inch diameter tube and similar technology to that tested at Battersea.
In 1860 the Post Office had been cautious about using the Pneumatic Despatch, stating "in the event of their scheme being successfully completed and brought into operation, the Post Office will be quite willing to consider the question of extending to the Mail Service any advantages which the Company's plans are capable of affording" [3].
www.capsu.org /history/pneumatic_despatch.html   (3367 words)

 London-based Disaster Scenario
This region is one of the most important areas of London due to the number of important historical and financial buildings, also presenting a considerable concentration of civilians and intense traffic in the roads.
The satellite photo shows the details of this region, such as the Tower of London and London Bridge (actually they are not officially part of City of London).
I-London is an I-X application that evaluates planning and coordination ideas using the RoboCup Rescue Simulator and the London scenario discussed here.
homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk /s0125683/ilondon   (2431 words)

 London Post Office Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Inspired by the Chicago Freight Subway, it was in operation from 1927 until 2003.
It runs east-west from Paddington Head District Sorting Office in the west to the Eastern Head District Sorting Office at Whitechapel in the east, a distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).
It has eight stations, but by 2003 only three stations remained in use because the sorting offices above the other stations had been relocated.
www.rahway.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/London_Post_Office_Railway   (325 words)

 London Underground : Tube station
The London Underground is a public transport network, composed of electrified railways that run underground in tunnels in central London and above ground in the London suburbs.
The lack of lines in the south of the city is because of the geology of that area, the region almost being one large aquifer.
London Underground states that North Greenwich station, for example, "is large enough to contain 3,000 double-decker buses or an ocean liner the size of the Queen Mary within its walls".
www.fastload.org /tu/Tube_station.html   (2616 words)

 Royal Mail -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Unlike other former state monopolies such as The Stationery Office, British Gas and British Telecom, Royal Mail was not privatized in the 1980s and 1990s, but remains a public limited company wholly owned by the UK government.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Mail is Post Office Limited, which operates the national network of local post offices.
The Royal Mail service was first made available to the public by Charles I in 1635, with postage being paid by the recipient, and the General Post Office (GPO) was officially established by Charles II in 1660.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Royal_Mail   (990 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - The Post Office Underground Railway, London
Although some work was done, the Post Office remained unenthusiastic about the line, and the work ceased in 1902, with the London Despatch Company winding up three years later.
Despite the chequered history of the pneumatic railway, the idea of a line underneath London to carry post was still considered a serious option by the Post Office, and so in 1909 a committee was set up to look into the various possibilities for such a line.
The route of the new line was to include Liverpool Street and Paddington national rail stations as well as several Post Office depots including one in Whitechapel.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A3826019   (1849 words)

 Victorian London - Communications - Post - General Post Office
It is 400 feet in length and 80 feet in depth ; in the centre of the front is a portico 70 feet in breadth and 20 in length.
On the foreign post nights, namely, Tuesday and Friday, foreign letters are received at the branch offices until 8 o'clock, amid at this establishment until 11.
This proving too small for the greatly increased business of the Post Office, extensive additional buildings have been erected on the opposite side of the street for the accommodation of the Telegraph Department.
www.victorianlondon.org /communications/postoffice.htm   (464 words)

 Trains, underground and not much else
A History of London Tube Maps - this page is *huge*, and I advise not trying to access it unless you have a broadband connection or a lot of time.
London Station - photographs of the London Underground.
The City and South London Railway Tunnels - the forerunner of today's Northern Line, this railway opened in 1890.
www.mcmordie.co.uk /transport/trains.shtml   (673 words)

 Everything Internet Office:Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It is worth mentioning that while the office of Subdeacon was abolished in the Anglican Church at the time of the Reformation, certain Anglican churches and communities assign laymen to act as subdeacons in the practice of the liturgy of the mass or Holy eucharist, even though it is no longer an ordained order.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative, or USTR, is an arm of the executive branch of the United States government.
The National Statistical Office is the core body responsible for Thailand's statistical activities including the collection and compilation, disemination of basic statistical data, providing recommendations on statistical-related matters, organizing training courses in statistical methods and computer data processing as well as serving as the statistical data bank of the country.
www.mywebofficecenter.com /guide/Office.htm   (982 words)

 London Post Office Railwy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Instead, it is often helpful to gradually change the London Post Office Railwy and amounts of food you eat and maintain these changes for the rest of your life.
Read the London Post Office Railwy carefully to determine who is legally responsible for fulfilling the terms of the contract.
There are four main steps to creating a London Post Office Railwyésumé: Compiling information about yourself and the occupations that interest you, choosing a London Post Office Railwyésumé format, adding style, and proofreading the final document.
london-post-office-railway.ask.dyndns.dk /London-Post-Office-Railwy   (500 words)

 Mail by Rail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Post Horn (magazine of the Post Office Vehicle Club) reported in its June/July issues...
The Travelling Post Offices and their staff have been loyal servants of the Royal Mail for many years and have considerable expertise in sorting mail at speed on the move...
Towards the end of the 20th century, a review of 'mail by rail' lead to a new project to modernise the whole process with a greater integration of the road/rail networks, easier transfer between the two and improved sorting facilities...
lightstraw.co.uk /gpo/tpo   (688 words)

 London's Post Office Railway - ECN Discussion Forums
posted 10-24-2003 07:03 PM Prompted by mention of this in another thread, I did a search and found this website about London's Post Office Railway.
posted 10-26-2003 09:56 AM The vacuum-tube system was also used by some of the big London department stores in the past.
In Britain it was traditionally London and the the part of England immediately to its south which was heavily electric.
www.electrical-contractor.net /ubb/Forum9/HTML/000479.html   (760 words)

 Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society - Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
London's Post Office Railway - 23 miles of 2-foot gauge line, 70 feet underground.
Kitts Scenic Railway - a 30" gauge former sugar railroad on the Carribean island of St. Kitts.
Williams Distribution - holds the manufacturing and distribution rights for parts and components for Goodman Locomotives, a series of mining locomotives produced for 80 years.
www.yukonalaska.com /railway/links.html   (236 words)

 Chicago Tunnel Company -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It inspired the construction of the London Post Office Railway.
First test trains were run a few years after the start of construction, which locomotives received power from a third rail cog which was situated in a slot between the two running rails, but later it was decided to change the third rail to overhead lines.
In 1912, the Illinois Tunnel Company, daughter of Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company was reorganized and renamed the Chicago Tunnel Company, and all of the telephone cables from tunnels were removed.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Chicago_Freight_Subway   (627 words)

 Post office - QuickSeek Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Many European countries also encourage machine-readable addresses, but take a different approach, specifying that they be printed in a preferred format, in a preferred font, usually OCR-B. When the sorting machine decides that it cannot read an address, normally it rejects the letter.
James Farley Post Office in New York City
Old Wan Chai Post Office, in Hong Kong
postoffice.quickseek.com   (1170 words)

 Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
GLIAS members who attended the AGM in May were treated to a fascinating lecture by Michael Bailey and John Glithero on 'The Archaeology of the Rocket Locomotive' which outlined their research into the engineering and history of Stephenson's celebrated locomotive.
This book tells the story of the carriage of mails under the streets of London in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Pneumatic Despatch Company's railways; the Post Office London Railway; carriage of mails and parcels on the railways which formed the London Underground; and postal material associated with London Underground companies.
It will appeal to both railway enthusiasts and philatelists and is based on 20 years of research into original contemporary archives and first hand study of surviving artefacts.
www.glias.org.uk /books/189books.html   (589 words)

 The Post Office Railway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
London's second tube railway system was built by the Post Office in the early part of this century so that mail could be moved across London quickly and away from congested streets.
Construction started in 1915, but the First World War and construction problems meant that the first section of line was not operational until December 1927.
New cars built by Greenbat of Leeds were introduced in the 1980's which, together with some refurbished 1930s cars now provide the services.
www.londonrailways.net /po_rlwy.htm   (294 words)

 London Links, page 3: History and Research.
The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed
London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens.
London has the effect of making one feel historic.
www.angelfire.com /ar3/london/londonlinks3.html   (861 words)

 Money, money, money.  Why there's never enough.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
During the first decade of this century, Douglas was placed in charge of the electrical work of the London Post Office Tube Railway.
He proposed that the National Debt office be changed to the National Credit Office.
That each quarter the National Credit Office calculate the discrepancy between the prices and money available to meet them, and, just as the banks do, create the credit to bridge the gap.
www.ulsternation.org.uk /money.htm   (714 words)

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