L&N #1100 Railway Post Office Car Program

A special railroad car, built for the US Post Office's Railway Mail Service, painted bright blue with gold lettering for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Louisville & Nashville #1100 RPO (Railway Post Office) car is on the turntable being moved into our History Museum for public display, fresh from the Steamtown NHS Restoration Shop.

NPS Photo, Ken Ganz

Before tweets, texts and emails, people communicated using written correspondence - letters, postcards and such. The U.S. Post Office Department - now the US Postal Service - employed thousands to collect, sort and deliver these letters, along with newspapers, magazines and small parcels. The Railway Mail Service was a significant mail transportation service in the U.S. during the time period from the mid-19th century until the mid-20th century. The RMS, or its successor, the Postal Transportation Service (PTS), carried the vast majority of letters and packages mailed in the U.S. from the 1890s until the 1960s.

Join a Park Ranger or a Volunteer to tour and learn more about Louisville & Nashville #1100 Railway Post Office Car, built in 1914 and restored at Steamtown NHS in 1999. Displayed inside our History Museum, you'll also learn about the fascinating history of the Railway Mail Service and the special employees who worked aboard these unique railroad cars.

Departs from the Visitor Center. Included in the Park Entrance Fee.

An image of the interior of the L&N #1100 Railway Post Office car, with barred windows along both sides, wooden mail sorting tables and mail holding slots
Interior image of L&N #1100 Railway Post Office (RPO) car, with barred windows along each side, wooden fold-out mail sorting tables, sorted mail slots and canvas mail bags.

NPS Photo, Ken Ganz

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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