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From 1927 to 2003, Royal Mail in London had its own Underground rail system, dubbed “Mail Rail”. The line ran from the Paddington Head Sorting Office to the Eastern Head District Sorting Office in Whitechapel. It operated 19 hours per day for 286 days per year and carried around 4 million letters a day. 
In 1635, when Charles 1 made the postal service publicly available, the costs for mailing a letter were a bit different. Instead of the sender paying for the postage, the receiver of the letter paid to get it. The policy of having the receiver pay for the letter ended in 1840 when Sir Rowland Hill introduced the Penny Black stamp. 
The Royal Mail Group now delivers to 29 million addresses in the UK. 
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