The Royal Mail Fleet
A detailed history
The Royal Mail Fleet
Postal vehicles are predominantly those used for Royal Mail collections and deliveries, but also include Postal Engineering.

A study of the Royal Mail Fleet from early times to present day...  




Photo: A splendid example of a Morris Royal Mail van TGC 571 © Light Straw Archive April 2012.  
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The Royal Mail Fleet


The Fleet changes year by year as new vehicles are tested for suitability of delivering the mail.


Mail by Road
Stagecoach  
Stagecoach
Royal Mail Stagecoach.





Photo: Royal Mail (Bristol to London) Stagecoach at Debden © LSA May 2014.
Bikes  
Motorbikes
Postal and Telegraph bikes and motorbikes through the ages...





Photo: GPO motorbikes at Amberley © LSA April 2010
Bedford HA  
Bedford HA Mailvan
Bedford HA (110) Mailvan.

Post Brenhinol, Royal Mail



Photo: Bedford HA (110) Mailvan at Debden © LSA Sept 2012  
Bedford Midi Postbus  
Bedford Midi Postbus
Bedford Midi Postbus.




Photo: Bedford Midi Postbus at Debden © LSA Sept 2012  
British Leyland Mini  
British Leyland Mini
British Leyland Mini van.





Photo: British Leyland Mini at Debden © LSA Sept 2012  
Dennis  
Dennis
Dennis Royal Mail van.






Photo: Dennis Royal Mail van, (1910 replica) LE 304 at Debden © LSA May 2014.  
Dodge  
Royal Mail - Dodge SOP 405S
Dodge Royal Mail van.



Photo: Dodge Royal Mail van © Martin Maltas  
Fiat Doblo  
Fiat Doblo
Fiat Doblo Royal Mail van.




Photo: Fiat Doblo Royal Mail van at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Ford Fiesta Courier Kombi  
Ford Courier
Ford Fiesta Courier Kombi 4-seat crewbus.




Photo: Ford Fiesta Courier Kombi W638 BOO at Debden © LSA Sept 2012  
Ford Escort  
Ford Escort
Ford Escort.




Photo: Ford Escort Royal Mail van at Amberley © LSA April 2008  
Ford Transit  
Ford Transit
Ford Transit.



Photo: Ford Transit van at SEAMAC (South East Anglia) Mail Centre © LSA May 2005   
Iveco  
Iveco
Iveco.






Photo: Iveco box van KE06 BYX at Southend Delivery Office © LSA May 2013   
LDV  
LDV
LDV.



Photo: LDV Royal Mail Maxus Postbus at Hockley DO © LSA November 2007  
Leyland DAF  
Leyland DAF
Leyland DAF



Photo: Leyland DAF 'Mickey Mouse' PN09 HGG at Amberley Museum © LSA April 2011 
Morris (35 cu ft)  
Morris
Early Morris Minor 5 cwt. vans were specified with custom built bodies to Post Office design. As the Morris Eight became available the Minor chassis was combined with the Eight's engine to form a Post Office Telephones' hybrid.



Photo: Royal Mail van at Amberley © LSA April 2008   
Morris Z  
Morris Z Van
The Morris  'Z' chassis van was produced between 1940 - 1953 and was used on telephone duties for Post Office Telephones, and for postal duties in Royal Mail livery.  



Photo: Royal Mail Morris Z van LUL 794 at Debden © LSA May 2014.   
Morris J Type  
Morris J Type
From about 1957 onwards, the GPO purchased more than 6000 Morris J Type vans for both postal and engineering duties.




Photo: Morris JB Type YLH 449 and SLO 234 at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Morris LC5  
Morris LC5
Morris-Commercial LC5 Royal Mail van.




Photo: Morris-Commercial LC5 Royal Mail van SXH 115 at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Morris Minor (50 cu ft)  
Morris Minors
Morris Minor Postal Vans...




Photo: Morris Minor WLC 910G at Amberley © LSA April 2008  
(Austin) Morris J4  
Austin Morris J4
Austin Morris J4 postal van.




Photo: Austin Morris J4 PGF 256L at Debden © LSA May 2014.
Morris Ital  
Morris Ital
Morris Ital mail van.




Photo: Morris Ital PYO 201Y at Debden © LSA April 2012.
Peugeot Bipper  
Peugeot Bipper
The Peugeot Bipper was introduced in 2009 to selected Royal Mail sites.



Photo: Peugeot Bipper KU10 YZB at Amberley © LSA April 2010  
Peugeot Boxer  
Peugeot Boxer
Peugeot Boxer.





Photo: Peugeot Boxer KW63 YFX at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Peugeot Expert  
Peugeot Expert
Peugeot Expert (this has a longer body/wheelbase than the Partner).





Photo: Peugeot Expert KX63 PFV at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Peugeot Partner  
Peugeot Partner
The Peugeot Partner was introduced in 2012 to selected Royal Mail sites, as part of the Delivery Methods (DM) reorganisation of vehicle allocations.




Photo: Peugeot Partner KM12 JVC at Debden © LSA September 2012  
Renault Kangoo  
Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo four-seat Crew Bus.




Photo: Renault Kangoo Crew Bus HX03 ZKC at Milton Keynes Museum © LSA April 2014.  
Vauxhall Combo  
Vauxhall Combo
The Royal Mail Vauxhall Combo is a popular small van for collection duties, typically for pick-ups at letter boxes.



Photo: Vauxhall Combo van at SEAMAC (South East Anglia) Mail Centre © LSA May 2005 
Vauxhall Vivaro  
Vauxhall Vivaro
From late 2009, Royal Mail specified Vauxhall Vivaros as the natural choice for medium sized postal vans...



Photo: Vauxhall Vivaro van at Southend DO © LSA February 2010  
Postal Engineering  
Postal Engineering
Postal engineering included maintenance of mail sorting machines, stamp vending machines and letter scales in Post Offices.

EML 137J - 1971 Morris Minor 1000 Postal Engineers' van.


Photo: Postal Engineers' van at Amberley © LSA April 2008  
Commer Postal Engineering Vans
Postal Engineering: Commer Vans.



Photo: © Martin Maltas  
Parcelforce Worldwide  
Parcelforce Worldwide
Parcelforce Worldwide.





Photo: Parcelforce Worldwide Mercedes EX13 FFR in Southend © LSA September 2013.
Post Office Vehicles  
Post Office
The 'Post Office Counters' brand is echoed in the vehicle fleet with a green banding on its vans.



 


Photo: Post Office Transit © LSA September 2012
Mobile Post Offices  
Mobile Post Offices
Mobile Post Offices, a brief study...



 


Photo: Mobile Post Office motive unit Karrier GGO 926J with trailer © Light Straw September 2012
   
Gallery
Gallery
Gallery: A selection of Royal Mail Fleet vehicle photos.



Photo: Vehicles in a local Delivery Office © Light Straw Archive.
Postal Heritage  
The BPMA Collection
Postal Heritage: The British Postal Museum & Archive is the leading resource. Here we look briefly at some of its collections.




Photo: A 'Mail Rail' motive unit and carriage in the BPMA collection © May 2014 Light Straw Archive.
Resources
The Mailvan Handbook 2005
Published in December 2005, 'The Mailvan Handbook' illustrates the principle types of vehicle used on mail duties by the Post Office and its successors over the past twenty-five years.

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