Travelling Post Office Demonstrations

 

A Demonstration of our Travelling Post Office Coaches in action

Night Mail Open Weekend - Easter Bank Holiday

Easter Bank Holiday

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Join us over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend at Ferry Meadows to see the Progress on The Night Mail Museum Project.

Join us for a ride on our 100 year old pump trolley in the yard or on the recently built Overton Miniature Railway*. Great fun for both the young and the young at heart!

We’ll have our mail coaches open to explore, as well as the recently acquired cab of a modern mail train so you can learn and experience how the post has been moved on the rails from the 1840’s right through to the present day.

Also find out about London’s mysterious secret underground line that never carried any passengers, but transported thousands of letters every day.

Whilst you break your journey, why not pop into our newly refurbished station shop or burn off some steam in the country park.

Simply get off the train at Ferry Meadows Station. Entry to the site is free!

Atttractions include:

  • Mark 1 travelling post office coaches on display and open for exploration and inspection
  • Class 325 cab open. Get a driver's eye view for the first time on the NVR
  • Underground Post Office Railway electric unit on display
  • American Alco 801 under restoration and on display in the yard
  • Pump trolley rides in the yard*
  • Overton Miniature Railway in operation (This may not operate all weekend, however we will endeavour to run this as regularly as possible)


*Subject to availability. Additional charges apply.

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Night Mail

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The International Story of Mail by Rail

 

 The Night Mail Museum will house a number of vehicles, both road and rail varieties, and will tell the complete story of how the post was delivered in the UK and across the globe.

 ‘Night Mail’ is a project at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR), Peterborough. The Museum Project is being driven by two of the NVR’s groups of supporters, ‘The Friends of M30272M’ and ‘The International Railway Preservation Society’. With the NVR’s unique collection of both European rail vehicles and postal vehicles, ‘Night Mail’ will be able to tell a story that no one else can.

Construction will be split into a number of sections, with work beginning on an initial four coach running shed due to begin shortly.

Please follow the links at the top for more information.

Video of Mail Bag Exchange hauled by Tornado at our 2014 Mail by Rail Event. Video filmed by Mathew Aldren-Farrow

 

Accredited Museum No. 1636
Registered Charity No. 263617

Night Mail, IRPS and Friends of M30272 are all departments
of the Nene Valley Railway Museum and Educational Charity
Museum Curator: Mr Brian White

 

A Fiver for Ferry

Last year we received a very generous donation from one of our former volunteers which enabled us to install roller shutters and let the light into Ferry Meadows Station Building for the first time in a very long time.

This year we are looking to kick start fund raising to install a canopy at the station. We estimate this will cost around £2,000.

Scroll down to see the latest progress

Click here to donate 

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 Artists impression of the station with a canopy. The final canopy will have columns supporting it. The area in front of the station will also be re-landsaped.

What benefits will it have?

Building a canopy will have many positive aspects to it. It will provide shelter from the elements for those waiting for a train, which will be especially useful on days when the station is not open to the public. It will also enhance the look of the station and transform what is a very open area into something more cosy. This is all part of a larger project to recreate a Great Northern Railway Station, reflecting the wider railway heritage of the Peterborough Area.

Why A Great Northern Station?

The Station Building is the former goods office from Fletton Junction on The East Coast Mainline. It was demolished and painstakingly moved brick by brick and reopened at Ferry Meadows Station in 2004. Bearing in that this is the only permanent structure in place on the station, constructing a LNWR station with a GNR building at its heart seems neither here nor there. We also have a Great Northern Footbridge on site that was removed from the ECML and will be erected to join the platforms and Night Mail Museum in the fullness of time. Bearing in mind the existing infrastructure is Great Northern, the only sensible solution to stay true to the museum principals of the Nene Valley Railway is to forge ahead with this theme.

Historically, the Great Northern were well known for working with other railways. The LNWR and GNR had a joint line running through Leicestershire. As part of these running rights, trains originating over the line that is now the NVR would traverse over GNR metals to reach stations such as Leicester in the early part of the 20th Century. Other joint railways included the famous Midland and Great Northern Railway spanned a large section of Norfolk. They also had a joint line with the Great Eastern Railway through Lincolnshire.

As the project progresses in years to come we will look to continue with this by paying close attention to detail on colour schemes and styles when things need repainting or replacing. We are currently also in the process of getting the station column lights working again as these have not worked for many years since cabling was stolen. In the future we will look to build a signal box in a Great Northern Style on the site of the old signal box, by the crossing, to control both trains and road traffic and a second platform. Any funds raised beyond the money needed for the canopy will be put towards other projects within the station.

Donate

To initiate this, we have launched ‘A Fiver for Ferry’. With a £5 donation people receive a uniquely numbered gift certificate. The project is being managed and driven forward by The Night Mail Team, however funds are being ring fenced for the station project. If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause and make a real difference to Ferry Meadows Station there are a number of ways to do this.

Click here to donate online

Complete this postal form and send a cheque

Pop down to Ferry Meadows Station

Overton Miniature Railway & Ferry Meadows Open Days

On selected days throughout 2016 we are planning on opening the newly built Overton Miniature Railway (OMR) at Ferry Meadows.

At the same time visitors can also explore the London Underground Post Office Railway Vehicle and Class 325 Mail Unit Cab.

Take a ride on our Great Eastern Pump Trolley and discover the rest of the yard. Pop into the station building for an ice cream or refreshing drink.

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  • Progress
  • Historic Mail
  • Vehicles of The Night Mail Museum
  • A Fiver for Ferry

    Last year we received a very generous donation from one of our former volunteers which enabled us to install roller shutters and let the light into Ferry Meadows Station Building for the first time in a very long time.

    This year we are looking to kick start fund raising to install a canopy at the station. We estimate this will cost around £2,000.

    Scroll down to see the latest progress

    Click here to donate 

    column04

    The photo on the left shows the columns the day after they were erected on 7th March 2015

    What benefits will it have?

    Building a canopy will have many positive aspects to it. It will provide shelter from the elements for those waiting for a train, which will be especially useful on days when the station is not open to the public. It will also enhance the look of the station and transform what is a very open area into something more cosy. This is all part of a larger project to recreate a Great Northern Railway Station, reflecting the wider railway heritage of the Peterborough Area.

    Why A Great Northern Station?

    The Station Building is the former goods office from Fletton Junction on The East Coast Mainline. It was demolished and painstakingly moved brick by brick and reopened at Ferry Meadows Station in 2004. Bearing in that this is the only permanent structure in place on the station, constructing a LNWR station with a GNR building at its heart seems neither here nor there. We also have a Great Northern Footbridge on site that was removed from the ECML and will be erected to join the platforms and Night Mail Museum in the fullness of time. Bearing in mind the existing infrastructure is Great Northern, the only sensible solution to stay true to the museum principals of the Nene Valley Railway is to forge ahead with this theme.

    Historically, the Great Northern were well known for working with other railways. The LNWR and GNR had a joint line running through Leicestershire. As part of these running rights, trains originating over the line that is now the NVR would traverse over GNR metals to reach stations such as Leicester in the early part of the 20th Century. Other joint railways included the famous Midland and Great Northern Railway spanned a large section of Norfolk. They also had a joint line with the Great Eastern Railway through Lincolnshire.

    As the project progresses in years to come we will look to continue with this by paying close attention to detail on colour schemes and styles when things need repainting or replacing. We are currently also in the process of getting the station column lights working again as these have not worked for many years since cabling was stolen. In the future we will look to build a signal box in a Great Northern Style on the site of the old signal box, by the crossing, to control both trains and road traffic and a second platform. Any funds raised beyond the money needed for the canopy will be put towards other projects within the station.

    Donate

    To initiate this, we have launched ‘A Fiver for Ferry’. With a £5 donation people receive a uniquely numbered gift certificate. The project is being managed and driven forward by The Night Mail Team, however funds are being ring fenced for the station project. If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause and make a real difference to Ferry Meadows Station there are a number of ways to do this.

    Click here to donate online

    Complete this postal form and send a cheque

    Pop down to Ferry Meadows Station