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West Cumberland's Last Travelling Post Office.

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Awaiting departure from workington

Passing Salterbeck

Approacing Harrington.

1EO1 approaching Whitehaven Bransty

1EO1 WORKINGTON-WHITEHAVEN-HUDDERSFIELD TRAVELLING POST OFFICE (TPO).

Last run on Friday 27th September 1991

Class 31   31408 at Corkickle

TPO approaching Bramsty
Corkickle

All photographs Copyright Derwent Railway Society except where indicated.

THE WHITEHAVEN - HUDDERSFIELD AND HUDDERSFIELD - WHITEHAVEN TPOs HISTORICAL NOTES

The Whitehaven - Huddersfield and Huddersfield - Whitehaven TPOs are direct descendants of the Carnforth and Whitehaven Sorting Carriage which is shown by Post Office records to have commenced service in January 1875, but which may have operated as early as 1869. The principal operational function of the Carnforth and Whitehaven SC was to provide a connection out of the North Western Night Down TPO for destinations along the Furness Railway. The service was an out and back working from Whitehaven and this was to remain a feature of the route throughout its history.

In 1889 the service was referred to as the Carnforth and Whitehaven TPO (Night Mail Up) and the Carnforth and Whitehaven TPO (Night Nail Down). By 1914 it was known simply as the Whitehaven SC.

Whitehaven-Huddersfield TPO PostmarkOn 26 July 1926 the service was extended to and from Preston and in 1930 was redesignated the Whitehaven - Preston TPO and the Preston - Whitehaven TPO. 1939 the TPO left Whitehaven at 7 pm, arrived at Preston at 10.18 pa and returned to Whitehaven at 3.40. am where it terminated at 7 am. 2 Sc and Ts travelled Whitehaven - Preston - Whitehaven, supplemented by 1 Sc and T from Carnforth who-also made a return journey to Preston.

The TPO was suspended from September 1940 to October 1946. After the post-war resumption all staff were provided from Whitehaven, but the running times and functions remained basically the same.

On 3 January 1965 the TPO was extended to and from Stalybridge as a result of the cessation of the Liverpool - Huddersfield TPO. (The Whitehaven -Stalybridge TPO took over the connectional function from the Up Special TPO formerly provided by the Liverpool - Huddersfield). A year later, on 2 January 1966, the service was further extended to and from Huddersfield. The newly designated Whitehaven - Huddersfield and Huddersfield - Whitehaven TPOs operated from this date with little change until cessation.


JULY 1991 TIMINGS

WHITEHAVEN-HUDDERSFIELD

WHITEHAVEN DEP 1850
SEASCALE

ARR
DEP

1917
1918

MILLOM ARR
DEP
1937
1939
BARROW ARR
DEP
2004
2021
ULVERSTON ARR
DEP
2037
2039
LANCASTER ARR
DEP
2124
2135
PRESTON ARR
DEP
2154
2309
BOLTON ARR
DEP
2334
2338
MANCHESTER ARR
DEP
2353
0003
HUDDERSFIELD ARR 0038

HUDDERSFIELD-WHITEHAVEN

HUDDERSFIELD DEP 0105
MANCHESTER VICTORIA

ARR
DEP

0144
0146

PRESTON ARR
DEP
0231
0348
LANCASTER ARR
DEP
0407
0418
CARNFORTH ARR
DEP
0425
0430
GRANGE OVER SANDS ARR
DEP
0444
0446
ULVERSTON ARR
DEP
0457
0459
BARROW ARR
DEP
0518
0532
FOXFIELD ARR
DEP
0551
0513
MILLOM ARR
DEP
0600
0604
SEASCALE ARR
DEP
0625
0627
WHITEHAVEN ARR 0647

 

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