Traveling Post Office

Posted: January 14, 2014 in Trains
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The traveling post office service was first operated in 1830 and grew to include a number of different routes where the mail was sorted en route and dropped off or picked up without the need for the train to stop.

The most iconic portrayal of the TPO came in the 1936 film ‘Night Mail’

The full documentary includes the poem Night Mail by WH Auden.

video from

The TPO service finished in 2004 as sorting became more automated. These pictures are of one of the last TPOs to run and which is currently preserved at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.




  1. locoyard says:

    Reblogged this on Loco Yard and commented:
    This is an excellent piece! I love the old film, what a classic!

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