Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Railway Post Office Car
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
Location. 37° 40.599′ N, 77° 30.413′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from RF&P Drive near Meadow Farm Drive. This marker is located in RF&P Park at Meadow Farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3600 Mountain Road, Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Allen.
Also see . . . Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,235 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.