Alex Seal

The West Of England TPO

The West Of England Travelling Post Office

17 June - 15 September 1957

2210 Paddington - Penzance (0645)via Bristol
  CW Previous Working Vehicle From To Next Working
1 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington (0355) Siphon G*         Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington (0355)
2 " Stow. Bk. Van
812, 813 or 814 "A"
        " " "
3 " Stowage Van
793, 794 or 795 "B"
        " " "
4 " Sorting Carr.
843, 844 or 845 "C"
        " " "
5 " Sorting Carr.
806, 807 or 808 "D"
        " " "
6 " Sorting Carr.
846, 847 or 835 "E"
        " " "
7 " Brake Van
39, 81 or 1177 "F"
        " " "
8 813 2113 Plymouth - Paddington (0355) Siphon G*         " Plymouth 2113 Plymouth - Paddington (0355)
9   2243 Exeter - Paddington (0355) Siphon G*         " Exeter xxxx Exeter - Torrington
10   " Siphon G*         " " 2243 Exeter - Paddington (0355)
11   0035 Bristol - Paddington (0633) Siphon G**         " Bristol 0035 Bristol - Paddington (0633)

* - Siphin G, 1020,1042, 1223, 1228, 1275, 1326, 2917, and 2922. Branded "To work only on Down and Up West of England T.P.O." allocated to these workings.
** Siphon G 1297 and 2943 branded "To work on Down and Up West of England T.P.O" allocated to these services. >
1840 Penzance - Paddington (0355) via Bristol
  CW Previous Working Vehicle From To Next Working
1 812 2210 Paddington - Penzance (0645) Brake Van
39, 81 or 1177 "F"
        Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance (0645)
2 " Sorting Carr.
846, 847 or 835 "E"
        " " "
3 " Sorting Carr.
806, 807 or 808 "D"
        " " "
4 " Sorting Carr.
843, 844 or 845 "C"
        " " "
5 " Stowage Van
793, 794 or 795 "B"
        " " "
6 " Stow. Bk. Van
812, 813 or 814 "A"
            "
7 " Siphon G*         " " "
8 813 2210 Paddington - Plymouth Siphon G*         Plymouth " 2210 Paddington - Plymouth
9 121 2000 Kingswear - Newton Abbot News Bk. Van         Newton Abbot " 0505 Paddington - Bristol
10   2210 Paddington - Exeter Siphon G*         Exeter " 2210 Paddington - Exeter
11   xxxx Torrington - Exeter Siphon G*         " " "

* - Siphin G, 1020,1042, 1223, 1228, 1275, 1326, 2917, and 2922. Branded "To work only on Down and Up West of England T.P.O." allocated to these workings.
** Siphon G 1297 and 2943 branded "To work on Down and Up West of England T.P.O" allocated to these services.
2210 Paddington - Penzance (0645)
  C/W Previous Working Vehicle From To Next Working
1 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
2 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington Stowage Brake (812/813/814) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
3 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington Stowage Van (793/794/795) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
4 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington TPO (843/844/845) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
5 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington TPO (806/807/808) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
6 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington TPO (846/847/835) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
7 812 1840 Penzance - Paddington Full Brake (39/81/1177) Paddington Penzance 1840 Penzance - Paddington
8 813 2210 Plymouth - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Plymouth 2210 Plymouth - Paddington
9 814 2243 Exeter - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Exeter 2243 Exeter - Paddington
10 815 2243 Exeter - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Exeter 0830 Exeter - Torrington
11 - 0035 Bristol - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Bristol 0035 Bristol - Paddington

1840 Penzance - Paddington (0355)
  C/W Previous Working Vehicle From To Next Working
1 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance Full Brake (39/81/1177) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
2 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance TPO (846/847/835) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
3 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance TPO (806/807/808) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
4 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance TPO (843/844/845) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
5 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance Stowage Van (793/794/795) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
6 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance Stowage Brake (812/813/814) Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
7 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance Siphon G Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
8 812A 2210 Paddington - Penzance Siphon G Penzance Paddington 2210 Paddington - Penzance
9 - 2200 Kingswear - Newton Abbot Full Brake (News) Newton Abbot Paddington 0505 Paddington - Bristol
10 814A 2210 Paddington - Exeter Siphon G Exeter Paddington 2210 Paddington - Exeter
11 815A 1942 Illfracombe - Exeter Siphon G Exeter Paddington 2210 Paddington - Exeter

2210 Paddington - Penzance via Bristol (0635) SX
  C/W Previous Working Vehicle   From To Next Working
1   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Siphon G* O22
O33
Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
2   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Stowage Brake Van 812/813/814 "A" L23 Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
3   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Stowage Van 793/794/795 "B" L21 Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
4   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Sorting Carriage 843/844/845 "C" L25 Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
5   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Sorting Carriage 806/807/808 "D" L18 Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
6   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Sorting Carriage 846/847/835 "E" L25
L14
Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
7   1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX Brake Van 39/81/1177 "F" K40 Paddington Penzance 1900 Penzance - Paddington (0355) FSX
8   2130 Plymouth - Paddington (0355) SX Siphon G* O22
O33
Paddington Plymouth 2130 Plymouth - Paddington (0355) SX
9   2300 Exeter - Paddington (0355) SX Siphon G* O22
O33
Paddington Exeter 2300 Exeter - Paddington (0355) SX
10   Paddington (0355) SX Siphon G* O22
O33
Paddington Exeter xxxx Exeter - Torrington
11   1315 Bristol - Paddington (0633) MSX Siphon G** O22
O33
Paddington Bristol ?

* - Siphin G, 1020,1042, 1223, 1228, 1275, 1326, 2917, and 2922. Branded "To work only on Down and Up West of England T.P.O." allocated to these workings.
** Siphon G 1297 and 2943 branded "To work on Down and Up West of England T.P.O" allocated to these services.

12 June - 10 September 1961

1C04 2220 SX Paddington - Penzance (0635) via Bristol
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  C/W Previous Working Vehicle From To Next Working
1   1900 FSX Penzance - Paddington (0355) Siphon G SG       * Paddington Penzance 1900 FSX Penzance - Paddington (0355)
2   " Stow. Bk. Van
80450, 80452 or 80453 "A"
BPOT         " " "
3   " Stowage Van
80400, 80401 or 80402 "B"
POT         " " "
4   " Sorting Carr.
80300, 80302 or 80304 "C"
POS         " " "
5   " Sorting Carr.
80301, 80303 or 80305 "D"
POS         " " "
6   " Sorting Carr.
80306, 80307 or 80308 "E"
POS         " " "
7   " Stow. Bk. Van
80451, 80454 or 80455 "F"
BPOT         " " "
8   2130 SX Plymouth - Paddington (0355) Siphon G SG       * " Plymouth 2130 SX Plymouth - Paddington (0355)
9   2301 SX Exeter - Paddington (0355) Siphon G SG       * " Exeter 2301 SX Exeter - Paddington (0355)
10   " Siphon G SG       * " " xxxx Exeter - Torrington (      )
11   1635 MFX Taunton - Paddington (2125) Siphon G SG       ** " Bristol 1635 MFX Taunton - Paddington (2125)

* - Siphons G, 1002, 1014, 1015, 1033, 1035, 1036, 1039, and 1041. Branded "To work only on Down and Up West of England T.P.O." allocated to these workings.
** - Siphons G 1043 and 1049 branded "To work on Down and Up West of England T.P.O" allocated to these services.

Dia. 720 80300-5 (6) POS Lot 486 Wolverton 9/59 nets & arms (2)
Dia. 721 80306-8 (3) POS Lot 487 Wolverton 11/59 (1)
Dia. 722 80400-2 (3) POT Lot 488 Wolverton 11/59 nets & arms (1)
Dia. 723 80450-5 (6) BPOT Lot ??? Wolverton 11/59 (2)

The Travelling Post Office (TPO)

22.10 Paddington to Penzance (06.45)
  C/W Previous working Vehicle From To Next working
1 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington Siphon G Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
2 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington Stowage Brake (812/813/814) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
3 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington Stowage Van (793/794/795) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
4 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington TPO (843/844/845) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
5 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington TPO (806/807/808) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
6 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington TPO (846/847/835) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington
7 812 18.40 Penzance - Paddington Full Brake (39/81/1177) Paddington Penzance 18.40 Penzance - Paddington

18.40 Penzance to Paddington (03.55)
  C/W Previous working Vehicle From To Next working
1 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance Full Brake (39/81/1177) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
2 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance TPO (846/847/835) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
3 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance TPO (806/807/808) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
4 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance TPO (843/844/845) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
5 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance Stowage Van (793/794/795) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
6 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance Stowage Brake (812/813/814) Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance
7 812A 22.10 Paddington - Penzance Siphon G Penzance Paddington 22.10 Paddington - Penzance

No Lot Completed Type Dia. Dimensions
39 1462 21/11/31 Passenger Brake G K.40 61.4 1/2 x 9.0
81 1481 21/01/33 Passenger Brake G K.40 61.4 1/2 x 9.0
793 1499 04/11/33 PO Collector Van G L.21 57.0 x 8.6
794
795
806 1430 17/12/29 PO Sorting G L.18 57.0 x 8.6
807
808
812 1503 23/12/33 PO Stowage G L.23 50.0 x 8.6
813
814 1666 xx/xx/40
835          
843 1719 xx/01/47 PO Sorting Van G L.25 63.0 3/4 x 8.11
844
845
846
847
1177       K.40?  

K.40
Great Western Coaches Appendix Vol.2 p.157
7' plate bogies

L.18
Great Western Coaches Appendix Vol.2 p.171
7' plate bogies

L.21
Great Western Coaches Appendix Vol.2 p.171

46' 6'' - 57' Steel-panelled TPOs: 1927 - 1947

All pre-1946 TPOs were basically similar to the 1933-35 standard corridor stock but of 57' or less length, 8' 6'' width with flat body ends. The whole series were mounted on standard 7' bogies.

No's 806-808 were 57' sorting vans with guard's compartment, recessed sliding doors both sides, delivery arms and near-side net and were completed in 1929 for the Great Western TPO. The apparatus was removed in 1959, there were transferred to the Southern Region in 1960 and painted green. In common with other South Eastern Division locomotive hauled stock they were fitted with electric heating in 1961-62.

February 1933 saw the ordering of seventeen TPO vans of varying types, No's 793-6 57' the rest 50' in length, except No's 815-7 which were only 46' 6'' long. They entered service between late 1933 and early 1934 and virtually displaced all the clerestory sorting and pick up delivery vehicles. No's 793-5 were collecting vans, with recessed sliding doors both sides and with full equipment for the Great Western TPO. They were reduced to stowage vans in 1953.

No's 812-4, with guards compartment were for the Great Western TPO and as built had neither nets nor delivery apparatus. No 814 was destroyed at Hay Lane, Swindon in 1940 and an identical replacement vehicle was built on Lot 1666. All were fitted with delivery apparatus in November 1956.

Those vehicles without nets or delivery apparatus were so designed that it was possible for them to be converted at a later date, as indeed was the case with 812-4.

The replace No's 1063-5, the 1896 Ocean Mails vans used for stowage on the Great Western TPO, 61' 4 1/2'' passenger brake vans No's 39, 81 and 1177 were appropriated for use as stowage vans in the Great Western TPO.

In 1945, all TPO vehicles remained in chocolate and cream livery, except 812 and 813.

Five post-war TPOs only were built , sorting vans No's 843-847 of 1946/47 of standard Hawksworth outline and turned out in post-war chocolate and cream livery. These were allocated to the Great Western TPO.

Great Western Coaches from 1890
Michael Harris

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During an unusually lengthy cold spell lasting two months, D603 Conquest finds employment heating stock for the up West Of England TPO at Plymouth on 20 January 1963. The Royal Mail vehicle W80452 is a Stowage Brake Van built at Wolverton in 1960.

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