The Baby Boomer eMuseum

Transportation

Mail cars (Railway post offices)
mostly discontinued in 1967, although one RPO reportedly remained
in service between New York and Washington, D.C. until 1977
Mail cars (Railway post offices)
RPOs generally ran on passenger lines, under contract with the railroads.
When they were discontinued in favor of regional sorting facilities and
transport by air and highway, the loss of revenue caused passenger
rail services to become unprofitable, so they were curtailed or cancelled.

Registered users can log in to post comments or submit items for the galleries.

Login Register

There is 1 comment for this item.

Posted by LoyalTubist at 6:30 pm (PDT) on Sat July 16, 2016   
You could give a stamped letter on a train to a railroad postal worker (the stamp got cancelled in the RPO) and it would get to wherever it was going faster.

In the 1970s Santa Fe had a train called the Super C which was an express mail train that ran from Los Angeles to Chicago. The mail was put into semi trailers and carried piggy back style on flat cars.

Registered users can log in to post comments or submit items for the galleries.

Login Register