#1942 (HM2G5D)

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N 38° 34.291', W 90° 27.772'

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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy

—1922 —

The mail was picked up, sorted and delivered in this 70' car. Mail destined for this train was placed in a large pouch and attached to a crane (hook) located alongside the track. On each side of the mail car is a steel V-shaped catcher arm. Without stopping the train, a clerk in this car looks through a wind shield and aims the catcher arm at the mail pouch. The catcher arm then picks the mail pouch from the crane. At the same time the clerk kicks off a pouch containing any mail for this station. At the height of Railway Post Office service in the 1950's the railroads carried 90% of the intercity mail in the U.S. This RPO car was donated in 1969 by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.
HM NumberHM2G5D
Placed ByMuseum of Transportation
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Date Added Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 8:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721029 N 4272281
Decimal Degrees38.57151667, -90.46286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.291', W 90° 27.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 17.46" N, 90° 27' 46.32" W
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