- South Wales TPO
2140 Swansea - Willesden PRDC TPO will make its final
departure on Friday 25th July 2003 following Royal
Mails announcement that it will cease to use rail
for the distribution of first class mail by March
2004, when its new distribution network integrating
road and air comes into place. The balance working
1V44 Willesden PRDC - Swansea TPO is similarly affected,
with the final arrival being at 0340 on Saturday 26th
The consist of 1M95 / 1V44 includes NAA+NSA+NTA+NSA+NTA+NSA+NBA+NOA+NAA
Royal Mail coaching stock hauled by a Class 67 locomotive.
The train is serviced during the day at Margam Depot
/ Wagon Works and runs empty to Swansea Maliphant
Sidings early evening, where the locomotive runs around
its train and propels it into Platform 1 at Swansea
station. The out and home workings are manned by London
& Swansea TPO staff on alternate days with
1M95 being crewed by London TPO staff on Monday /
Wednesday & Friday and Swansea TPO staff on Tuesday
& Thursday. Twenty six Royal Mail TPO staff including
the manager normally arrive for duty just after 2000
hrs and assist in loading the mail onto their train
from awaiting lorries.
calls at Cardiff, Bristol, Reading and Slough and
sorts mail for Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire,
Hampshire, Dorset, Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex,
Surrey, Essex and London.
calls at Reading, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff and
sorts mail for Somerset, Avon and South Wales.
25th July 2003 will be a very sad night and this article
is a tribute to the many Royal Mail staff that I have
made friendship with during the past fourteen years
and I wish them and their families the very best health
and happiness for the future.
this is how it went, Friday pm / Saturday am.....