Railway buffs and philatelists alike may be interested in Royal Mail’s latest miniature sheet of commemorative stamps due for issue in February celebrating the workhorses of the railways.
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With working lives of several decades on the public railway network and in industrial locations like factories, quarries and docks, these unsung heroes of the railways soldiered on for years before diesel and electric technology completely took over in the 1960s.
A good example is the Thor, a Peckett 1689 locomotive featured on the 60p stamp. It was built in 1925 for the Tunnel Cement Company of Purfleet in Essex and spent its entire life there before being scrapped in 1965.
“For many people the age of steam meant bright-liveried passenger locomotives, but in the background was a huge number of other ‘steam machines’ playing a massive role during the industrial revolution and beyond,” says Royal Mail’s Philip Parker.
“The Classic Locomotives series takes a look at the fascinating working lives of some of the less glamorous locomotives which powered their way around UK’s railways.”
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© Photo copyright National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library reference 10444570
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at www.royalmail.com/stamps the Royal Mail eBay shop:
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http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Royal-Mail-Stamp-Collections and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB