TRAVEL: In May 1906, the Puget Sound and Eastern Expresses became the Fast Mail. Apparently Great Northern s advertising people felt that the Express name was unimaginative and too pedestrian. The Fast Mail was a popular song in the 1890s and the Fast Mail train concept had captivated the public s attention. The Fast Mail, like the Expresses, was a complete first class train carrying coaches, sleepers, smoking and dining cars. Unlike the Oriental Limited, an observation was not carried.