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Last updated April 2016.

 

On 3rd February, the Traffic Commissioner accepted the cancellation of the four postbus services on the Uists, three services based at Lochmaddy and one at Lochboisdale.  Royal Mail had tendered for the new contracts from the Western Isles Council but was unsuccessful and other operators have been contracted to run the services.  The final date of operation was 31st March with the Lochboisdale route terminating at Lochboisdale Pier being the last of the four to finish at just after 6.30 pm.  So has come to an end the operation of ‘full-size’ postbuses by the GPO, Post Office and Royal Mail after just over 49 years.  This just leaves route 134 (Talmine-Tongue-Lairg) in operation using a Vauxhall Combo 4-seat crewbus. 

 

2016 sees the 500th Anniversary of the knighting of Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts in 1516 and Royal Mail will be commemorating this with some events that could well include some preserved mailvans.  An event in London is being planned for Saturday 18th June. 

 

·         Our latest publication is a new edition of GPO Vehicles 1946-1969: A Concise Guide, this book now in its fourth edition summarises Post Office vehicles in the period from the end of the Second World War to the creation of the Post Office Corporation in October 1969.  This was the period when GPO vehicles were registered in complete registration series.  The book has 148 pages (including 20 pages of contemporary photographs) in A5 perfect bound format.  Available at £12.00 (including postage and packing) from POVC Sales at 124 Shenstone Avenue, Norton, STOURBRIDGE, West Midlands,  DY8 3EJ.  Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”.  You can also order it by Paypal (60p charge applies) by e-mailing us at POVehClub@aol.com and we will invoice you. 

·         Telephone Service Vehicles since 1906 by Bill Aldridge has been published by Nostalgia Road.  64 pages, A5 format with a good selection of photographs of GPO, Post Office Telephones, British Telecom and BT vehicles over the year.  Many of the photographs have been taken by Club members.  £7.95 including postage and packing from POVC Sales at 124 Shenstone Avenue, Norton, STOURBRIDGE, West Midlands,  DY8 3EJ.  Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”.  You can also order it by Paypal (49p charge applies) by e-mailing us at POVehClub@aol.com and we will invoice you.