I wish I could have seen that. You ever posted any photos of those days?Nope, it was still in use in the 50s when I was a boy growing up on the SP Line in Texas.
Neither were most of Amtrak's baggage cars.I've been through a mail car at the California State Railway Museum. No way was it Amtrak vintage.
The New York and Washington RPO was run by Penn Central and continued into the Conrail era. I forget when it was discontinued. I don't know if they actually sorted mail on it or if it was just closed pouch. Amtrak did not run this train.I think there remained an RPO line into the 1970s on the Northeast Corridor that continued under Amtrak. I do not know whether it involved mail hooks.
Sort of. Basically what happened is Congress mandated that the USPS had to create a fund to pre-fund its pension costs for 75 years into the future, something that no other private or government organization has ever been required to do. This basically caused an organization that would have otherwise broken even to now be in serious financial difficulty.Isn't it more a case of Congress NOT funding the retirement benefits?