Draft:The Irish Mail (train)

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Irish Mail train crash at Penmaenmawr, August 27 1950

The Irish Mail is the oldest named train in the world.

Route[edit]

The train runs from London Euston via Stafford, Crewe, Chester and Bangor to Holyhead. The train has sometimes been routed via Birmingham.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

There has previously been a stagecoach mail service to the packet boat station at Holyhead.

19th Century[edit]

A route was constructed on the North Wales coast.

LNWR, LMS and British Rail Steam[edit]

The services became the domain of the Royal Scot 4-6-0 Class.

Post Steam Era[edit]

The service was initially operated by Class 40 locomotives. Subsequently electric locomotives took over south of Crewe.

Post British Rail[edit]

The service was typically operated by HSTs, Pendelinos hauled by Class 57, or Voyagers.

Incidents[edit]

  • On 27 August 1950 The Irish Mail collided with a goods locomotive at Penmaenmawr.
  • In the 1970's the service to Holyhead was diverted to Heysham for a couple of years due to the bridge over the Menai Straits being severely damaged by fire.

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