* newly restored *
AT&SF Railway Post Office car 74
November 23, 2002
San Diego Railroad Museum
75TH ANNIVERSARY RUN
Run Bys with Mail Caught "On the Fly"
Round trip Campo, California to Tecate, Mexico
Unique Commemorative Postal Caches
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The San Diego Railroad Museum is proud to present the newly restored AT&SF Railway Post Office Car 74. Built by the Pullman Car & Manufacturing Corporation in 1927, the steel heavyweight RPO car measures 60-ft. 8 1/2-in. long, 10-ft 1/4-in. wide and 14-ft. 2 7/16-in. tall, and weighs 128,300 pounds (64.15 tons). It was staffed by specially-trained, armed U.S. Postal Clerks. RPO 74 was retired from U.S. Post Office service in 1968. The San Diego Railroad Museum purchased the car in 1989, and moved it to the Campo facility in 1990 for extensive restoration by our dedicated volunteers.
Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2002 for the Inaugural Run of our RPO car. We will begin the day with opportunities to witness and photograph run bys complete with the train catching the mail "on the fly" at the Campo Depot. Additionally we are offering a train ride to Tecate, Mexico with the RPO car "working" during our travel.
A catered lunch will be included with advance reservations. Walk-up ticket sales will be the same price, but will not include the lunch.
Unique Postal Caches (custom envelopes featuring "All Aboard" postage and commemorative Railway Post Office cancellation) are available to celebrate this special event. Two envelope styles and two cancellation options are offered.
Schedule of Events:
|9:00 am||-||Photo run bys of train catching mail "on the fly"|
at the Campo Depot. (no charge for viewing run bys)
|10:15 am||-||Departure for Tecate; working RPO car en route|
|11:30 am||-||Arrival in Tecate; catered lunch included with|
Advance Purchase Fares
|1:45 pm||-||Departure for Campo; working RPO car en route|
|3:00 pm||-||Arrival in Campo; Museum walking tours|
|Adult:||$50 - Including catered lunch in Tecate - (With Advance Reservation)|
|Child:||$30 - Including catered lunch in Tecate - (With Advance Reservation)|
|Adult:||$50 - Train ride only, lunch not included - (Same-Day Ticket Purchase)|
|Child:||$30 - Train ride only, lunch not included - (Same-Day Ticket Purchase)|
|US Postage||US + Mexican Postage|
|Style 1 -||$3.00||Style 1 -||$4.00|
|Style 2 -||$3.00||Style 2 -||$4.00|
|Both Styles -||$5.00||Both Styles -||$7.00|
Please call the San Diego Railroad Museum at (619) 595-3031 for reservations and to pre-order your caches.
Restoration Chronology: A short time-line of the restoration effort
History of RPO #74
San Diego Railroad Museum
1050 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego CA 92101