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July 19, 2011 > Bentley selected to commemorate railway mail delivery

Bentley selected to commemorate railway mail delivery

Submitted By Golden Gate Railroad Museum, Photo by Dale Stone

Adopted at the Niles Dog Show three years ago, Bentley was the winner of the Owney, Railway Post Office Dog lookalike contest at the 2011 Niles Dog Show held Saturday, July 9. 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. Bentley will be at the July 30 celebration of the USPS Owney stamp release

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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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