A new parcel sorting office in Leeds - believed to be the most highly mechanised of its kind in Europe - was formally opened, December 8, by Postmaster General, Mr.
TGV. Leeds City centre
CU Sign "Parcels Office"
CU. Poster "Post early"
CU. Poster "Make it happy but keep it safe"
SV. Track backs into unloading bay
GV PAN.. parcels from trucks emptied down hatch onto conveyor belt
LV.PAN..parcels from unloading bay along conveyor belts
STV. Parcels along conveyor
SV. Parcels sorted by baffle deflecting large parcels down chute, smaller parcels carry on
SV. Parcels down chute
LV. Parcels being routed
CU. Destination selector panel
cu. Parcels drop down through hatch
SV. Parcels drop from hatch into tubs
STV. Parcels from tubs onto conveyor belts
LV. PAN..Parcels down chute, placed into sacks
CU.PAN Destination on sacks
SCU. Postmaster Gen. Mr. Bevins looks on
LV.PAN Sack placed on conveyor hook
Angle shot..sack on conveyor
LV. Sacks released from hooks, down into loading bay, loaded on lorries
GV. Vans leaving main parcel office
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Background: A new parcel sorting office in Leeds - believed to be the most highly mechanised of its kind in Europe - was formally opened, December 8, by Postmaster General, Mr. Reginald Bevins.
At the heart of the new sorting office parcels are sorted at the touch of the button. Feeding the sorting machines, conveyors lift the parcels to second floor level, while other conveyors, measuring in all about three-quarters of a mile, move the parcels between processing stages and out to despatching points.
Newly arrived parcels go by conveyor to the top floor and are fed automatically to the individual sorter. A sorter places each parcel on a trapdoor, reads the address and presses the necessary destination button. The trapdoor opens and the parcel is automatically conveyed - with the help of a "memory" machine - to the appropriate bagging point. Bags of parcels are then taken by conveyor to the van loading points for local delivery and despatched to the railway.
As it stands, the installations can handle more than 10,000 parcels an hour, but provision has been made to raise the capacity to 14,000 an hour. The new installation will help keep down costs, speed up the sorting work and do away with much heavy manual work in handling bags of parcels.