Post Office Sorting Van

Post Office Sorting Van

Infobox DMU
name = British Rail Post Office Sorting Van

imagesize = 300px
background = #0033cc
caption = NSA 80390 "Ernie Gosling" on display at Doncaster Works open day on 27 July 2003. This vehicle was operated by EWS country-wide in the consist of TPO mail trains
Manufacturer = BR Wolverton & York
Operator = British Rail
Formation =
Built =
LinesServed =
InService = 1959-2004
CarLength = 64ft 6in
CarWidth = 9 ft 3 in
CarHeight = 12ft 9 1/2in
Weight = 25-39 tons
Capacity =
MaxSpeed = 90-100mph
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Traction =
Engine = |
A Post Office Sorting Van is a type of rail vehicle built for use in a Travelling Post Office (TPO).

British Rail built ninety-six of these vehicles between 1959 and 1977, to several similar designs, all based on the Mark 1 coach design. They were numbered in the range 80300-80395. The earliest vehicles built featured catching nets and collection arms, to allow mail bags to be exchanged without the train needing to stop. Following the Great Train Robbery, vehicles from 80319 onwards featured a revised design with smaller windows.

In the early 1970s, British Rail introduced the TOPS classification system. Vehicles were given the TOPS code NS, followed by an A if they were air-braked, or an X if they had both air and vacuum brakes.


Several sorting vehicles have been preserved, including examples from most of the big four companies, as well as some from even earlier. There are also several BR Mark 1 vehicles in preservation, including the first-built vehicle, no. 80300; the last vehicle built with large windows, no. 80318; and the final vehicle overhauled by EWS, no. 80382. The complete list is shown below:

British Rail Mk1 TPO sorting vehicles:

External links

* [ Nene Valley Railway TPO Group - owners of preserved vehicles 80327 and 80337]
* [ Rail Vehicle Preservation - custodians of preserved vehicle 80301]

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