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Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

U.S. Railway Post Office Car

 
 
U.S. Railway Post Office Car Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
1. U.S. Railway Post Office Car Marker
Inscription. Government regulations required Railway Post Office cars in 1910. The RF&P owned five. American Car & Foundry built this one in 1916. Some of the first steel cars were postal cars. They were important revenue sources for the railroad. The elimination of the postal cars caused some of the less profitable passenger trains to be eliminated. This car was one of the last cars removed from service by the Post Office Department in 1970.

Mail Service personnel had a complicated system of sorting and dispatching mail to various stops along the rail. Inside the cars, clerks sorted the mail in a series of bins and trays. They placed the mail in bags, then hung them on steel racks ready to be dispatched. For those towns where the train did not stop, mail delivery would come from staff who shoved the mail from the train while it sped by the station. Simultaneously, a metal crane extending from the train retrieved mailbags that hung from a metal arm at the station.
 
Erected by County of Henrico.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 37° 40.599′ N, 77° 30.413′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached
U.S. Railway Post Office Car image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
2. U.S. Railway Post Office Car
Postal cars were designed in the early twentieth century and were major income producers for the RF&P.
from RF&P Drive near Meadow Farm Drive. Click for map. This marker is located in RF&P Park at Meadow Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3600 Mountain Road, Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (here, next to this marker); Steel Coach (here, next to this marker); Caboose (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Box Car (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meadow Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Meadow Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glen Allen Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mountain Road (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Allen.
 
Also see . . .  Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentRailroads & Streetcars
 
U.S. Railway Post Office Car image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
3. U.S. Railway Post Office Car
Inside the postal car, mail sorters would separate the first class mail, newspapers, and parcels. Then they would bag them for delivery.
RF&P Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
4. RF&P Markers
RF&P United States Mail Railway Post Office Car image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
5. RF&P United States Mail Railway Post Office Car
RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
6. RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive
Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
7. Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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