U.S. Railway Post Office Car

U.S. Railway Post Office Car (HMJ9S)

Location: Glen Allen, VA 23059 Henrico County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 40.599', W 77° 30.413'

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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.
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HM NumberHMJ9S
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series
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Placed ByCounty of Henrico
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278921 N 4172896
Decimal Degrees37.67665000, -77.50688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.599', W 77° 30.413'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 35.94" N, 77° 30' 24.78" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3201 Lavecchia Way, Glen Allen VA 23059, US
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