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Jeff Schumaker

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RPO & the WW&F
« on: March 31, 2021, 03:54:21 PM »
I stumbled across the following passage from the book, Mail by Rail, The Story of the Postal Transportation Service
, by Bryant Alden Long and William Jefferson Dennis, while searching for something else


But most incredible of the narrow gauges were the tiny two-foot-wide R.P.O. tracks of Maine. A typical flea-gauge
route was the WW&F's Albion & Wiscasset, 43.5 miles, operating the smallest-known (7x7 feet) R.P.O. apartment
anywhere. The one tiny mixed train left Albion daily at 5:30 A.M., its speed cut from 60 mph to 20, doubtless dreaming
of the four hundred mile slim-gauge network its promoters planned to extend to Quebec, Province of Quebec. Its last
new postmarker was celebrated by a cacheted collectors' cover March 8, 1933— a wreck the following June 8th "finished"
the railway for good.


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Re: RPO & the WW&F
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 04:19:53 PM »
THAT EXPLAINS IT!!!

I picked up (and donated to the Archives) a "First Day of Cancellation" envelope for March 8, 1933 - but no one seemed to know what exactly it was or why it was issued.

Be sure to get this clipping to Linda to include with the artifact.
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Dave Buczkowski

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Re: RPO & the WW&F
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2021, 10:16:05 PM »
“Flea gauge”??? Oh the insult of it all!
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