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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #87288: The Postman / The Mail Rail
The Postman / The Mail Rail
| a postbox, a letter box|
| to clear (to empty) a postbox|
| sorting office|
| to sort the letters|
| pigeonhole (compartment for mail)|
| a bundle of letters|
| mail-bag (of postman)|
| mail delivery|
| the postman delivers the letters|
| Deliveries can be made on foot, bicycle|
or in a car or van.
|To clear a pillar box.|| He puts the letters in the |
pigeonholes of a sorting frame.
| London Post Office Railway|
| Twenty-one metres beneath the streets of London was a railway which once ran 10.5 km from Paddington to Whitechapel.|
| Small electric trains were used to carry the mail-bags and move them between sorting offices. |
| There were no drivers. A man moved switches to make the trains stop and start in tunnels that were only 2.4m wide in places.|
| This railway worked very like a toy. It was in operation in December 1927.|
| At that time it was a solution to a very serious traffic problem. It had eight stations.|
| But in 2003 five sorting offices had been relocated and only three stations remained in use.|
| This railway had become too expensive. It was taken out of use in May 2003.|
| The Post Office Railway also called Mail Rail has been left in condition so that it can be put into service again.|
| Trains are occasionally run to keep the tracks and systems in a useable condition.|
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