Kalmbach Publishing Company 12802 Express, Mail & Merchandise Service

Kalmbach Publishing CoSKU: KAL00012802


From package handling to delivery - and everything in between.
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Express, Mail & Merchandise Servicedescribes
rail express service and merchandise traffic on railroads from the early 1900s
through 1960s when railroad personnel handled packages and merchandise
everything from baby chicks and cornflakes to money and machinery and got them
to their final destination. A wonderful historical reference for modelers and
railfans alike.

This book covers:

  • Depots, freight houses, and terminals.
  • Dedicated trains, special cars, and delivery vehicles.
  • Train operation and car movement.
  • And much more!

Author: Jeff Wilson

Size: 8.25 x 10.75

Pages: 96

Color photos: 160

Jeff Wilson has written more than 25 books on railroads and model railroading.
He spent 10 years as an associate editor at
and he currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer,
contributing articles to
other magazines. He enjoys many facets of the hobby, especially building
structures and detailing locomotives, as well as photographing both real and
model railroads.

Chapter 1

History of express, merchandise, and mail service 4

Chapter 2

Railroad LCL traffic 11

Chapter 3

Railway Express Agency 19

Chapter 4

Head-end cars and merchandise equipment 37

Chapter 5

Depots, freight houses, and transfer terminals 53

Chapter 6

Train and car operations 70

Chapter 7

Moving mail by rail 82

Bibliography 94

Thanks and acknowledgments 95

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