Motorised mail

Experiments with motorised transport for mail began in 1897. At that time it could not be decided whether to proceed with steam, electric or ‘oil drive’ motors. As with many of the earlier horse-drawn services, Royal Mail preferred contractors to carry the risk during early trials. In 1904 the Stores Department purchased a second-hand Wallis & Steevens traction engine as their first vehicle.

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