Thursday 10 May 2012: Model Royal Mail Train
Remember these? The United Kingdom pioneered the modern use of what it calls the Travelling Post Office (TPO), a railway service that operated for the first time in 1838. TPOs were removed from service by Royal Mail in early 2004.
In the UK road vehicles that provide postal services are known as Mobile Post Offices, to differentiate them from the (now obsolete) rail Travelling Post Offices (TPOs). Mobile Post Offices were first introduced in 1936 to provide telegraph, telephone and postal services at special events such as race meetings and shows. The need for large Mobile Post Offices declined over the years, but since the mid 1990s small van versions have appeared in rural towns without a permanent Post Office. These models have just arrived at the Bluebell Railway Shop at Sheffield Park in Sussex, and are incredibly detailed.