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July 15, 2011 > All Aboard' to Celebrate Railway Post Office Dog Stamp

All Aboard' to Celebrate Railway Post Office Dog Stamp

Submitted By Augustine Ruiz

Niles Dog Show looking for famous mascot 'look-alike'

USPS and the National Postal Museum will celebrate a new Issued Stamp commemorating Owney, the Railway Post Office (RPO) Dog. Owney became the mascot of the Railway Mail Service (RMS) and traveled on mail trains all across the country and even around the world during the 1890s.

The Golden Gate Railroad Museum (GGRM) has in its collection the last surviving RPO car from the Southern Pacific streamliner City of San Francisco. Unusually, the car retained all of its interior mail fixtures. Of thousands of RPO cars built, very few still exist, making this car unique as part of postal railway history. GGRM members and several retired RMS clerks are restoring the railway car to represent a working RPO. A plaque dedicating the car to these men and those that worked the railway mail will be presented at a ceremony during the event.

The Railway Post Office will be an official USPS postal station for the day. Visitors can bring mail to this historic railroad car and have a unique cancel applied commemorating Owney and the Railway Mail Service. Commemorative Caches and postcards will also be available for purchase.

The RPO and several other historic railway cars will be on display at the Niles Canyon Railway depot in the Historic Niles District of Fremont on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leading up to this event, GGRM will be at the Niles Dog Show on Saturday, July 16, "looking for Owney," and will present a prize to the best Owney dog look-alike.

For more information, visit: or contact David Roth, Golden Gate Railroad Museum (510)-367-8595.

Special postal cancellation
Saturday, July 30
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Niles Canyon Railway Depot
37001 Mission Blvd., Fremont

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