Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Postal Delivery from rail road cars

Nancy and Dennis looked at the recent mailcar post and commented about this very action you see above you,

 the mail was transferred when the train did not stop in a town.

when the train came through it would leave a bag on the first one and pick the bag off the second one. 

 I vividly recall going with my Grandfather to the train station in Canton, NY in the early 50's: he would hang a mail bag on one of the posts, then the train would come through without slowing down, and BLAM - BLAM! The bag he hung would be gone and another bag would be swinging on the other hook!

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