Close

The Elite of the Post Office Department

Each Railway Post Office clerk had to pass a yearly exam. Passing the exam required them to sort 600 pieces of mail in an hour with 97% accuracy.

This work was tough! How did the clerks cope? They developed a remarkable camaraderie, helping each other whenever needed. As one retired Railway Post Office clerk put it, “nobody sat down until everyone was finished.”

Railway Post Office (RPO) clerks at work sorting mail inside the tight quarters of an RPO car.