Mail by Rail
Extract from file about mail bag exchange apparatus, 1898
Finding number: POST 18/3
This page is an extract from a file of documents about the bag exchange apparatus used on Travelling Post Offices.
The folder contains all the details of the workings and instructions of the apparatus. This particular page lists a number of rules relating to the duties of an apparatus officer.
The exchange apparatus was invented as a means to allow mail to be taken on and off moving trains. This sped up journeys since stopping trains to load mail added considerable time.