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London's newest tourist attraction is perfect for underground explorers.A visit to Mail Rail, a subterranean train network that once carried millions of letters a day across the city, involves a cramped journey on a very small train through dark tunnels 21 meters belowground.For 75 years, Mail Rail was the subterranean circulatory system of Britain's postal system.Its driverless electric trains – cutting-edge when the system opened in 1927 – whisked mail across a 10 kilometer stretch of the city, from Paddington in the west to Whitechapel in the east, at up to 56 kilometers per hour.Mail Rail is scheduled to reopen Sept. 4 as a tourist attraction aimed at train buffs, postal fans and people who simply like to nose around formerly secret underground spaces.Like much of London, a city layered with history, the mail tunnels have undergone myriad uses.Set underneath the Mount Pleasant sorting station in central London, Mail Rail sits across the street from the renovated Postal Museum, which charts the history of what curators eye-catchingly call "the first social network".
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