Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Britain's 'Travelling Post Office' reports, "The British Postal Museum begins a new exhibition this month which looks at the Travelling Post Office (TPO). The Royal Mail train was dropped in 2004 but a small reversal over this decision was made over the Christmas season that year, and it began operating some TPO trains with a competitor - GB Railfreight."

According to the site, "TPO's consisted of one or more rail carriages in which the manual sorting of letters take place. The first experimental TPO travelled on 6 January, 1838 between Birmingham and Liverpool and was made out of a converted horse box. After Uniform Penny Postage was introduced in 1840 and the volume of mail exploded, many more of these carriages were introduced to cope with the demand."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM