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.


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



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.


  • 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.