The Inaugural Run of AT&SF RPO #74

RPO #74 in its splendid new paint.

Newly Restored Santa Fe

Railway Post Office car #74

November 23, 2002

San Diego Railroad Museum

Campo, California

Catching the bag at 15 mph.

Retired RPO clerk Herb Kehr worked the RPO's mail hook.

This plaque recognizes those folks who restored the car.

Superintendent of Restoration Ted Kornweibel organized the event.
The beautifully restored interior. Attention to detail is marvelous!

Folded mail hook. The RPO clerk turns it horizontal to catch a bag.

There are 372 pigeon holes (mail bins) on each side of the car.
On Saturday, November 23, 2002 newly restored RPO #74 had its inaugural run to Tecate, Mexico. The day began with four successful run-bys in front of the Campo depot where a mail bag was caught "on the fly". Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the first mail bag catch by an RPO car in many years!

We offer souvenir cachets with the Museum logo, an authentic 1950 US Post Office "Casey Jones" stamp with a replica RPO cancellation.  The cachets cost $3.00 each, or two for $5.00.  Proceeds help fund new restoration projects.

Please call (619) 465-PSRM to order your caches.

Photos by Brian Hammond except as noted
Link to event announcement

Page by Randy Houk, updated 11-16-2008