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 Video Productions 

Constant Motion Poster

 Click here to download and watch the documentary!
(it will save as constantmotion.flv just click to open)


Constant Motion: The Job of Railway Postal Clerks

This program contains footage obtained when eleven former railway post office clerks visited the EIU campus on March 6, 2010. The gentlemen shared stories about their experiences on the mail train.  In addition, some clerks brought personal primary sources that were explained and demonstrated.  Sharp mail bundling and memory skills were displayed, which helped students further understand a glimpse at the role of the RPO clerk.

Watch the streaming video above, DVDs are available for purchase through WEIU or available free for educational purposes by emailing us at 

 For additional information about the production, visit or contact your local PBS station.  Since the debut on the EIU campus, Constant Motion has aired hundred of times across all of the United States and in areas of Mexico and Canada.  Thank you to everyone that has contacted us with feedback, shared personal stories and called local stations to request that they show the program!

 Rail Mail VideoRail Mail: Tales of the Railway Postal Service

by Keith Stewart

The RPO clerks tell about the personal side of their careers - from family life, the clerks they worked with and pride in a job well done. Clicking on the screen shot will open a new window.



Short Video Collection (YouTube)

YouTube Channel

View each of the videos created for this project on our YouTube channel at 

You can watch the following short, informational videos: Prep, Schemes and Exams, Camaraderie and Good Times, Love for the Job, RPO Lingo, & The Final Run and Post RMS.

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