Postverkehr Einst und Jetzt DVD

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A fascinating collection of footage of trains and road vehicles used to transport mail. Archive footage of mail trains in the former West Germany in the 1950s and in the former DDR in the 1960s shows letters and parcels being loaded and unloaded at stations and being sorted on the move. By the 1990s carrying mail by rail was in decline, and the last traditional mail train is seen departing Köln Hbf in 1997, hauled by 103 243. In 2000 DB Cargo reintroduced parcels trains and these have operated in some form ever since. Also shown are several preserved travelling post office cars on display at the Museum für Kommunikation in Frankfurt and on steam- and diesel-hauled specials. The museum also houses an interesting fleet of post buses, some of which can be seen in action, and a collection of horse-drawn mail coaches. Although the last post bus services in the then West Germany ended in 1985, between 2013 and 2016 German national mail carrier Deutsche Post and automobile club ADAC jointly operated a short-lived network of long distance coaches (which were then taken over by coach operator FlixBus), and these are depicted towards the end of the DVD. Running time 58 mins. German Commentary.

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