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The Travelling Post Office

The spacious lineside holiday carriage with a stove

St Germans - Cornwall - PL12 5LU

The Travelling Post Office offers fine self catering holiday accommodation with lots of character, sleeping up to four comfortably, or up to 6 using a sofa bed in the lounge. It is located on a railway siding adjoining the station platform at St Germans, in South East Cornwall, UK. There are fine views of passing trains on the adjacent GWR Plymouth to Penzance main railway line and over the Lynher valley. The Travelling Post Office has a wood burning stove, as well as electric heating with all fuel included. Pets are welcome and will enjoy the enclosed garden and the ten acres of private woodland just a few minutes walk away. Our pets page has lots of pet freindly places in Cornwall.

As with all our projects, we have aimed to combine authenticity with all the comforts you could wish for on holiday. The TPO is very well equipped, with a comfortable double bedroom, bunk-room (with views through the clerestory windows!), wc with shower and lounge diner with a leather sofa bed. A cot and children’s toys can be provided on request. The TPO still retains its original letter boxes, and letters can be posted through the garden side box. We have designed the interior to reflect its original purpose as a mail coach, and of course all the usual Railholiday touches, such as our Cornish welcome pack and variety of interesting games and railway books are included. Visit the St Germans page for pictures and more about this beautiful area.

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The TPO measures 47 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :

Please follow these links for more about the Carriage Inventory, Accessibility, Visitors Comments or the History of the carriage.

Travelling Post Office no 841 began its life as a standard gauge body on broad gauge bogies, with three passenger compartments, a sorting area, gangway, mail bag net and four delivery arms. It was numbered 2086. In 1896 the compartments were removed to increase the sorting area, and the vehicle was renumbered 841. In 1904 it made history by being pulled behind the City of Truro when it made its record-breaking 100mph run. Perhaps it held the gold bullion? More regularly it was used for Bristol to Penzance runs until it was taken out of service in 1934, after which for many years it formed part of a house in Wales. For more on the the history of the TPO click here.

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If you prefer, we are pleased to accept telephone enquiries and bookings at any time on 01503 230783.

The Eliot Arms in St. Germans St Germans is a small village with a population of 600. The village pub, The Eliot Arms (01503 232733) serves Cornish ales and food and is adjacent to the St. Germans Community ShopSt Germans Community Shop and Post Office, (01503 232887) a general store with an excellent range of stock including food, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, local products, alcohol and tobacco amongst many other things. The shop is open 7 days a week.

St Germans Railway Station was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel on the Great Western Railway main line from London to Penzance. It is served by 51 stopping trains per day including direct trains to London, Bristol, Gloucester and Cardiff. Cornwall was fortunate in retaining most of its branch lines and it is easy to holiday without using the car at all. Please see our Transport Page for more information.

Mail by Rail Web Sites

Mail by Rail - photos and history of the Mail by Rail story
Mikes' Railway History - The Western Postal - details about the postal service in the 1930s
Mikes' Railway History - Driverless Subway Trains carrying the mails under London's streets - about the Post Office Tube between Paddington and Whitechapel, which was built with the object of speeding up the distribution of letters and parcels between the railway termini and the principal district post offices
The TPO and Seapost society - caters for all who are interested in Travelling Post Office and Maritime (seapost/ paquebot/ naval) philatelic material, whether as a main collection or as part of some other collecting field

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