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Royal Mail Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designs by Harold Batten and Mike Denny

Classic Locomotives

The Royal Mail Postal Service will issue 6 new stamps that have postage values of 20p, 28p, E Class, 42p, 47p and 68p named "Classic Locomotives" on the 13th of January 2004. This issue commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first journey on rails by a steam locomotive in February 1804. The inventor and engineer responsible for this achievement was Richard Trevithick. The Classic Locomotives stamp set features a variety of different types of locomotives traveling on preserved railways around the UK. Each of the Locomotives shown on the stamps is as follows:

  • Dolgoch 0-4-0T (20p) - Dolgoch was the first locomotive to pull a passenger train on a heritage railway in the UK. Built by Fletcher Jennings & Co. Whitehaven in 1864, it runs on the narrow 2'3" gauge Talyllyn Railway in North Wales and is seen here in its 1946 light green livery.
  • CR 439 0-4-4T (28p) - This locomotive was built and used between 1895 and 1925 by St Rollox Works(CR), Nasmyth Wilson & Co. The stamps depicts the Caledonian Railway carriages alongside the shore of the Forth Estuary
  • GCR 8K 2-8-0 (E-Class) - this stamp shows an express goods locomotive in British Railways livery with a trail of Cars. This is the last surviving locomotive of its class in the UK. It is currently in use at Great Central Railways in Loughborough.
  • GWR Manor 4-6-0 (42p) - This stamp depicts the Great Western Manor Class 'Bradley Manor' with a trail of Great Western Railway carriages approaching Victoria Bridge over the River Severn. Built in 1938, it was finally withdrawn from service in 1965 and is now operated by the Severn Valley Railway
  • SR West Country 4-6-2 (47p) - this is the 'air smoothed' West Country class 'Blackmoor Vale' at Horsted Keynes Station on the Bluebell Line. This class of locomotive is famous for the pulling 'The Golden Arrow' and 'Bournemouth Belle' Pullman Trains in the 1950's and early 1960's
  • BR Standard 4 2-6-4T (68p) - built across 3 of the British Railways works - Brighton, Derby and Doncaster between 1951 and 1957. It saw service on the London, Tilbury and Southend line until the route was electrified in 1962. It now runs on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

"Classic Locomotives" stamps can be purchased as a single set of 6, Half Sheets, Miniature Sheet, Framed or FDC. Each stamp size is 60 mm x 21 mm and the Mini-sheet size is 190 mm x 68 mm with a perforation size of 14.5. The stamps will be printed by De La Rue Security Print using the Lithography printing process with gum paper.

Classic Locomotives FDC Stamp

Classic Locomotives Presentation Pack

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