locked Railway Mail Service on SR April 1949 vs April 1950

George Eichelberger

Sunday’s quick trip to the archives produced a Presidents’ file on the Railway Mail Service I've not seen before. The file is only post-war data but appears to show increasing mail traffic, and revenues from 1947 into the early 50s.

A comparison of mail services between April 1949 and April 1950 is attached. In addition to providing a comprehensive list of Southern trains that carried mail, it shows how important the revenue was from those trains. (The list does not distinguish between storage mail and RPO services. Discontinuing passenger trains and losing mail revenues was of concern to the railroad. The question disappeared as the Post Office shifted mail to trucks.)

This is clearly a subject that needs to be researched!


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