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Photo-a-Day Archive
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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 16th April, 2015)

Royal Mail

Royal Mail
The Royal Mail passed through Wigan North Western

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 70mm-300mm)
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Comment by: Ken R on 16th April 2015 at 00:56

Interesting, is the whole train dedicated to mail??

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 16th April 2015 at 08:39

Yes Ken - the whole train is Royal Mail. BR Class 325 is dedicated to Royal Mail Parcels Service.

Comment by: Anne on 16th April 2015 at 08:58

I expect it is a million years away from the iconic GPO film "Night Mail". Always fascinated me as a child how the bags were swept on board from the rail side arms.

Comment by: irene roberts on 16th April 2015 at 09:25

I have a dvd of "Night Mail", mentioned by Anne; it is fascinating!

Comment by: David on 16th April 2015 at 13:56

'Night Mail' - I think it was by W H Auden narrated by John Betjeman.

Comment by: Giovanni on 16th April 2015 at 18:46

It was a train like this that Ronnie Biggs was very interested in!

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 16th April 2015 at 19:43

Nothing like it Giovanna. The "Great Train Robbery" was on a Class 40 Diesel (40126) pulling mail carriages. This is a modern (1995 onwards) Electric multiple unit.

Comment by: Giovanni on 17th April 2015 at 09:04

Mama mia!
I meant its purpose not its physical appearance! I remember the robbery in 1963...front page news at the time! Took place at a railway bridge in Bucks.

Comment by: Alex on 17th April 2015 at 19:37

Giovanni nothing like it...these are not slam doors like the mail carriages in 1963. If robbers tried it today they'ed be in for a very big shock. Overhead power cables.

Comment by: cullie on 19th April 2015 at 13:29

make the most of this picture because the post office is going to stop running theses soon .

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 29th April 2015 at 04:04

The Great Central Railway has a preserved set of the old mail carriages and the mail pouch exchange equipment. They do demos from time to time -look on YouTube.

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