RESTORATION PROJECT: Not currently on display
Post Office Car Description
- Manufacturer: Bethlehem Steel Car Company
- Cost: $24,597 each
- Used to sort mail en route. Railway lines would operate such cars under contracts with the US Post Office.
- Typically traveled with passenger trains
- Mail was sorted, cancelled and then delivered to towns and cities along the way. Outbound mail would be picked up as the inbound was delivered.
- The service was phased out in the 1960s as passenger service declined and the US Post Office moved to regional sorting centers and air mail.
- Manufactured in 1937
- One of nine purchased by the N&W in 1937
- Sold to the Florida East Coast Railways in 1960-1961 but reacquired by N&W in 1966
- Donated to the Museum by the Norfolk & Western Railway Co.
- Length: 64 ft 5 in