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Travelling Post Offices often ran late at night and in the early hours of the morning so that they would arrive at their destinations in time for the first delivery of the morning. At the end of the 20th century, the increase in night maintenance of track inevitably lead to delays in their running schedules and was a contributory factor in their withdrawal in 2004 by the privatised Royal Mail.
The TPOs (Travelling Post Offices) History
A TPO carriage could run as part of a passenger train, but more often than not would form a complete train, as a 'Mail Special'.
Down services worked out of London. Up services worked back to London.
TPOs in Detail
See also Night Mail in the GPO Film Unit.
Farewell South Wales TPO presented by Martin Bray.
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