Great Britain recently added a new stampset of four to their series of “Classic Locomotives”. Previously released were Classic Locomotives of Scotland (2012) and Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland (2013).
On the 20th of February Royal Mail issued the set “Classic Locomotives of Wales”, which features all four Classic Locomotives of Wales stamps, together with a dramatic photograph of the BR Class 5101 2-6-2T No. 4126 as it crosses the Crumlin Viaduct with a passenger train in 1963 in its border.
The four locomotives
LMS No. 7720 First Class
Built in 1895 at the Crewe Works for the London and North Western Railway, the LMS ‘coal tank’ is pictured leaving Britannia Bridge, pulling a Bangor-to-Holyhead local train in around 1930.
Hunslet No. 589 Blanche 78p
This stamp shows Blanche at the Pen Cob Halt on the Ffestiniog Railway in 1964. The locomotive was originally made for the Penrhyn Slate Quarry by the Leeds based Hunslet Engine Company. The narrow gauge Ffestiniog railway took slate to the harbour at Porthmadog.
W&LLR No. 822 88p
The Earl Photographed waiting for a car to be moved from the line on Welshpool’s Union Street in 1953, The Earl was constructed for the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway in 1902.
BR 5600 No. 5652 £1.28
The BR 5600 freight engine was designed by the Great Western Railway company to transport goods across its massive rail network. The stamp shows the loco pulling coal at Cwmbargoed in 1959.
Number of stamps Four
Design Delaney Design Consultants
Size of sheet 179mm x 74mm
Stamp format /size Landscape 41mm x 30mm
Printer International Security Printers
Print process Lithography
Perforation 14.5 x 14
Phosphor All over
Source: Royal Mail
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