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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 170
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Date: August 28, 2015 05:34PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 170 - 08/28/15

This day in Railroad History

August 28, 1864
The first U.S. Railroad Post Office route was officially established when George B. Armstrong, the assistant postmaster of Chicago, Illinois, placed a postal car equipped for general distribution in service between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Similar routes were established between other major eastern cities. When railway mail service began, mostly letter mail was sorted on the cars, which were not equipped to distribute other kinds of mail. By about 1863, other mail, except packages, was sorted as well. In 1930, more than 10,000 trains were used to move the mail into virtually every city, town, and village in the United States. Following passage of the Transportation Act of 1958, mail carrying passenger trains declined rapidly. By 1965, only 130 trains carried mail; by 1970, the railroads carried virtually no First-Class Mail.

Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to

This year’s convention of the National Railway Historical Society ran June 13-21, and was based in Rutland, Vermont, a very old and historic city in the western part of the state which is at the junction of four rail lines. The convention featured excursions over all four lines, three of which are mostly freight-only and provided “new mileage” for serious mileage collectors.
An excursion over the Vermont Railway main line and a side trip on the branch line to the Omya Verpol facility near Florence, Vermont was the main event on June 19th. The excursion train departed the Rutland Amtrak station and proceeded north to milepost 65.10, where it diverged onto the industrial lead into the facility. The train was comprised of three vintage coaches and operated in “push-pull” fashion, with a diesel on each end. This photo was taken shortly after the passenger special arrived at its destination in the facility, about a mile of "rare mileage".

Alex Mayes Photo

I have 3 photos left in the queue, therefore, I will publish through 9/2/15. After that issue I will stop publication unless someone can gather the news for the next 4-5 months. If you would like to help contact Thanks.

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