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N.8 Settembre 2007

Railroads ENG 
Mail by Rail

In November 1830, within two months of its official opening, the Post Office made use of the Liverpool and Manchester railway, and as the rail network was extended in the 1830s and 1840s the circulation of mail became ever more dependent upon this new transport system. The task of ''outward sorting'' was eased by the introduction of Travelling Post Offices: the mail could be put on the train serving a ''road'' and sorted for individual towns en route, a process which started in 1838 on the London and Birmingham Railway. Article by Martin J. Daunton.

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