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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 16th April, 2015) Views: 2,585 
Royal Mail
 Royal Mail   by Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 70mm-300mm)
The Royal Mail passed through Wigan North Western

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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