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Australia Postal Services 2008 Issue
Design by Jamie Tufrey

Heavy Haulers

Australia Postal Service has issued 5 new stamps with a postage value of 50 Cents each named "Heavy Haulers" on the 1st of April 2008. These stamps depict the biggest, the longest, the heaviest and the fastest Machinery available to industry today. They are so large that when you see one its beyond fascination and almost unbelievable. Each of these fantastic machine stamps is described in the table below:

  • Face Shovel (top left) - is a gigantic shovel used in many different industries such as mining, road or drain digging. It weights about 700 tons and has an enormous bucket that can lift up to 60 Tons with one scoop.
  • Haul Truck (top middle) - is a gigantic haul truck that has a capacity of 200 tons. Its operating cab is about 18 feet from the ground and it is about 23 feet high by 23 feet wide. The truck diesel engine drives an electric motor in each of its wheels, and it is these electric motors that really drive the vehicle. The fuel tank holds around 4,500 liters.
  • Road Train (top right) - is a giant truck that can haul three to nine trailers at a time. Usually these road trains are used to transport large numbers of livestock in remote areas. But they can also be used, to haul minerals and farm harvests. The speed limit for road trains in Australia in 90 km/h.
  • Ore Train (bottom left) - are 3 or more diesel engines that pull about 200 cars. Each car carries about 100 tons of ore. The train is usually 2km to 7km long. Guiness Book of records for Ore trains is eight diesels with 682 cars with a weight of 100,000 tons.
  • The MS Berge Stahl (bottom right) - is the worlds largest bulk carrier ship. Built in 1986 this massive ship weights about 364,767 metric tons. It can only fit into two ports in the world.

"Heavy Haulers" stamps can be purchased as a set of 5, Stamp Pack, Booklet of 20, Strip of 5, Gutter, Collector pack or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 26mm x 37.5mm with a Perforation size of 14.6 x 13.86 using the 2cm reference They will be printed by SEP Sprint using the Lithography printing process with Tullis Russell paper.


Heavy Haulers FDC


Heavy Haulers Gutter



Heavy Haulers Coil Pack of 100 stamps


To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.auspost.com.au/philatelic/stamps/intro.asp Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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