N&W trains that trains typically carried M1 Railway Post Office cars

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Sat Dec 16 08:38:35 EST 2017

Evan Miller asked "...which trains typically carried M1's.  Howard Leedy
mentioned 15 & 16 and the Pocahontas. ..."

The easy part of the answer is that 60-feet RPOs only operated on the
Columbus & Norfolk and Norfolk & Cincinnati routes.  Other N&W lines had
15- and 30-feet RPO car assignments.

The more difficult aspect is the year and route segment.  Attached as an
example are pages from a Third Division Railway Mail Service Schedule #514,
effective April 4, 1946.  In the second scan attached, please read down the
"Space Authorizations" column for "R.P.O."  Any entry for 60' are the
segments and trains for which a Class M1 RPO car were assigned.  It is
notable that for some trains, a 30-feet car was used between Norfolk and
Lynchburg, then a 60-feet car continued in the train between Lynchburg and
Bluefield.  These space assignments changed during earlier and later years.

Best holiday season wishes to all,

Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
f_scheer at yahoo.com
(571) 379-3409 - daytime cell
In the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9369  USA

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