12 October, 2011 at 19:34 #904anneParticipant
The Travelling Post Office first introduced in 1838 was a railway carriage specially adapted for Post Office workers to sort mail while it was being carried to its destination. It collected and delivered mail without stopping en route. Bags of mail ready for collection were thrown into a large rope basket on the side of the train. Sorted mail was put into extremely heavy duty leather satchels with leather about 6mm thick and fastened with strong buckles. These satchels were attached to metal arms on the sides of the train and released at the appropiate moment as the train went through a station. Further information is available at http://www.postalheritage.org.uk
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