Notes from the Past

Railway Stamps

In Belgium, the railroad system operates a parcel post service and since 1879 has issued special stamps.  these stamps are popular with railroad collectors, and the catalogs list more than 400 varieties.

Designs range from symbolic winged railroad wheels to beautifully engraved representations of various locomotive types.  Many of the stamps include the French/Flemish bilingual inscription "Chemins de fer | Spoorwegen," and some feature "Postcollo | Colis Postal" or Postcolli | Colis Postaux."

Since the World War II years, the stamps have also included the letter "B" enclosed in an oval in their design.

In Great Britain, special stamps have been used to frank letters carried on the trains of various railway companies.  This is more in the nature of an express service and the stamps are used in addition to normal postage stamps.

Since 1927 the Talyllyn Railway in Wales has issued a number of attractive local stamps picturing various aspects of the popular tourist attraction.

As recently as 1971, British Railways issued a 15p railway stamps for use by its London Midland Region. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Three Q-Z
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted October 24, 2000

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