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Or the NSmP 3031. Specifically built to deliver mail, they had sliding doors (not seen in this view) to aid trolleys of mail sacks to be rolled right into the coach. They originally travelled at night to prevent disruption to passenger services. They also had to compete with maintenance crews for that limited time bandwidth. As the auto industry expanded, mail was delivered by trucks and these trains were scrapped.

 

Motorpost

Or the NSmP 3031. Specifically built to deliver mail, they had sliding doors (not seen in this view) to aid trolleys of mail sacks to be rolled right into the coach. They originally travelled at night to prevent disruption to passenger services. They also had to compete with maintenance crews for that limited time bandwidth. As the auto industry expanded, mail was delivered by trucks and these trains were scrapped.

 

comments (20)

  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 8 Mar 2016, 03:15
Wow, what interesting photo. I didnt know they used it for mail! It's nice they are still on display.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Emily. It really is a cool looking train.
Very nice shot and I like the bit of history.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Michael. They did a nice job on presenting the history.
very cool shot of a very cool train
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you approve Elaine, thank you.
PS: still cannot get through to your site, even on different browsers.
I love the "expression" of this train Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I like the shiny red of the train, Richard, not unlike a postbox!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Mar 2016, 07:13
Nice to see at least one is being given a dignified retirement Ayush
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Chris. A nice comment and a nice sentiment.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 8 Mar 2016, 07:28
I always used to like the idea of a night mail train, Ayush
Ayush Basu: From my part of the world, it is more common to see a postal coach attached to the express passenger trains, Lisl, so to more a dedicated postal train is interesting.
This is the Night Mail crossing the border,
Bringing the cheque and the postal order,
Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
The shop at the corner and the girl next door.
Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:
The gradient's against her, but she's on time.
Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder
Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,
Snorting noisily as she passes
Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.

Birds turn their heads as she approaches,
Stare from the bushes at her blank-faced coaches.
Sheep-dogs cannot turn her course;
They slumber on with paws across.
In the farm she passes no one wakes,
But a jug in the bedroom gently shakes.

Dawn freshens, the climb is done.
Down towards Glasgow she descends
Towards the steam tugs yelping down the glade of cranes,
Towards the fields of apparatus, the furnaces
Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen.
All Scotland waits for her:
In the dark glens, beside the pale-green sea lochs
Men long for news.

Letters of thanks, letters from banks,
Letters of joy from the girl and the boy,
Receipted bills and invitations
To inspect new stock or visit relations,
And applications for situations
And timid lovers' declarations
And gossip, gossip from all the nations,
News circumstantial, news financial,
Letters with holiday snaps to enlarge in,
Letters with faces scrawled in the margin,
Letters from uncles, cousins, and aunts,
Letters to Scotland from the South of France,
Letters of condolence to Highlands and Lowlands
Notes from overseas to Hebrides
Written on paper of every hue,
The pink, the violet, the white and the blue,
The chatty, the catty, the boring, adoring,
The cold and official and the heart's outpouring,
Clever, stupid, short and long,
The typed and the printed and the spelt all wrong.

Thousands are still asleep
Dreaming of terrifying monsters,
Or of friendly tea beside the band at Cranston's or Crawford's:
Asleep in working Glasgow, asleep in well-set Edinburgh,
Asleep in granite Aberdeen,
They continue their dreams,
And shall wake soon and long for letters,
And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart,
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?

W H Auden
Ayush Basu: You have bumped up the value of this image with this most expressive and almost story like poem, Bill. I love it and enjoyed reading it several times. By the way, this kind of piece is the one that I understand - not the ones that have no rhyme, no verse and sometimes, no link.
I like the look of it.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Mary. I liked it very much as well.
Great image Ayush, a fine looking train. The same has happened to the movement of mail over here, it all goes by road or plane these days.
Ayush Basu: I wonder how long will they remain considering that 'hard' post is every day being replaced by electronic mails. Thank you very much, Brian.
It looks very futuristic, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Wait till you see the touch screen user interface panel, Frank... tongue
It looks very modern...
Ayush Basu: It probably was for its time, Larry. Although I would not know the first thing about railway industrial design.
Oh I like this - it looks very "gentile"
Ayush Basu: I know exactly what you mean, Elizabeth. Put this next to one those muscular looking diesel or steam locomotives with large power wheels and all... smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2016, 09:53
To think they had these monsters transporting mail. Nowadays, the mail flies through wires, cable and the air.
Ayush Basu: You hit the mail/nail right on the head, Louis.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Mar 2016, 18:32
Same in the UK, too. We used to have mail trains which picked up bags as they went past and the mail was sorted on the train. Now a lot goes by air within the UK. Good to see this preserved.
Ayush Basu: It is indeed nice that they have been preserved, Alan. The Dutch Railwa Museum is rather nice in that respect.
I would quite like to ride in the cab of this impressive machine Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I think there would a nice view from the high up position, Chad. In fact the design requirements included that the driver should have a clear view of the front as well as the station, as applicable.
Big, bold and RED
Ayush Basu: My kind of a train, Tom!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Mar 2016, 21:03
What the times changed- fine that you showed us this mail post train.
Ayush Basu: Yes, times sure change. This museum really took me to a different era. A highly recommended place to visit, Philine.
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 10 Mar 2016, 03:23
Très belle composition. Le rouge du train est assorti au rouge du décor.
Ayush Basu: Merci beaucoup, Martine. vous avez raison.
I think you are right, Martine. Thank you very much.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 10 Mar 2016, 17:53
try adding this to your feedly, you should at least be able to get to this part of my site https://nazarethbe.wordpress.com
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Mar 2016, 00:15
It has a lovely snout, Ayush.

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