Following a very successful restoration project of what may be the only Railway Mail car left in Canada, the Van Fraser Chapter of the Heritage Club has asked for our help in collecting any stories and experiences from former Railway Mail Clerks.
The information collected on the Railway Mail Service has primarily come down to us from old Canada Post publications. As the last Railway Mail Service ended in 1971, CPC employees who worked in this branch of the service are now getting on in years, and now would be the time to collect those stories for posterity.
The first Railway Mail cars appeared on Canadian railways in 1854 and were the first to be used in North America. Railway Mail Service revolutionized traditional mail transportation by increasing processing and delivery speeds and reaching remote and isolated communities.
Van Fraser would appreciate if you could put the word out, perhaps in your next newsletter for any Railway Mail Clerks out there in your Chapter who would be kind enough to donate some anecdotes of their service.