The Royal Mail coach, (also
known as the post coach or mail coach) was a
horse-drawn carriage that carried mail deliveries.
The coach was drawn by four horses and had seating
for four passengers inside. Further passengers were
later allowed to sit outside with the driver. The
mail was held in a box to the rear, where a Royal
Mail post office guard stood.
The mail coach was faster
than the stage coach as it only stopped for
delivery of mail and generally not for the
comfort of the passengers. They were introduced
in the 1780s and slowly phased out during the
1840s and 1850s, being replaced by trains as
the railway network expanded.