They Say Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention – Having To Walk Two Blocks To Get Your Mail Helps Too

Mailbox Tram (Images courtesy Too-Hectic)

Mailbox Tram (Images courtesy Too-Hectic)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t know the entire back story behind this little contraption, but apparently the mailbox for this home in Independence, Missouri is located at the bottom of a steep hill designed to separate their property from traffic. Taking the long way to fetch the mail involves a two block walk, which probably sucks when it’s raining or snowing. So instead of just building a staircase down the hill they decided to totally over-engineer the solution with this mailbox tram system.

The rails run right up the hill, over the bushes and through the quaint picket fence, and it would be particularly cool if the system was motorized allowing them to retrieve their bills and Netflix discs at the flick of a button, though I don’t think it is. Personally I would have gone with the Mr. Rogers miniature railroad solution, running the track right into my house and along my bed so I would only have to roll over to get my Tiger Direct catalogs.

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