railroad post office car 247
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Railway Post Office Car #247

Built in 1918 by American Car & Foundry as a mail storage car for the Great Northern Railroad. This car was off-limits to passengers; only highly trained postal clerks were allowed. These post office cars did more than simply transport mail; they were equipped to handle most back-end postal processing functions. To enforce security, the foreman in charge was required to carry a regulation pistol.