|R10A||Mail by Rail, 175th Anniversary cover||£20.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 02/11/2005
Issue Name: 175th Anniversary of Mail by Rail
Producer: Buckingham Covers
To celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Mail by Rail, we re-issued our Liverpool Manchester Railway cover, postmarked on the mail train anniversary date. With a single 19 pence by train stamp and a 12 pence Liverpool and Manchester Railway stamp, this cover features a Liverpool postmark.
The First Mail by Rail
The speed of the new railway line started to have an impack on mail coach services which had carried mail securely and speedily across the country. Feeling 'bound to keep pace with the wonderful improvements with which the present age bounds', the Post Office looked at speeding the Royal Mail by rail.
So, on the 2nd November 1830 the Royal Mail was entrusted to the railway for the first time, beginning a new era in the history of mail transport. By the spring of 1846 therailway age had arrived and the last of the London based mail coaches had been taken off the road.
These early mail trains were called Railway Post Offices (RPOs) and in 1928 The Post Office renamed them Travelling Post Offices (TPOs).
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