Post Office train, 1987.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Post Office train, 1987.

Hogg, Chris

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Inside a Post Office train at Newcastle Station, by Chris Hogg, 14 September 1987. The mail is being delivered to St Pancras Station, and from there it was taken to its destination. Post Office trains had been running since the coming of the railways and by the 1860s carriages were fitted out especially for use by the post office. They had bags full of mail, and sorting tables on one side, and pigeon holes for letters and parcels on the other, so they could be sorted by destination on the journey. However, Post Office trains were withdrawn on 10 January 2004, due to a decline in the numbers of services required.



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