Monday, February 24, 2014

Classic Locomotives of Wales – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The new stamps produced by the Royal Mail continue the series on Classic Locomotives, moving now to Wales. The new collection depicts four locomotives: the LMS, the Hunslet, the W& LLR and the BR 5600.
The LMS is a ‘coal tank’ built by Francis Webb at Crewe Works for the London and North Western Railway, this engine is pictured leaving the Britannia Bridge with a Bangor-to Holyhead local train, c. 1930.  

The Hunslet, photographed in 1964, passing Pen Cob Halt on the Ffestiniog Railway, Hunslet No. 589 Blanche was originally constructed for the Penrhyn Slate Quarry by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds.
W&LLR: The Earl was built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester for the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway and is shown in 1953, waiting on Unions Street in Welshpool while a car is moved from the line.
BR 5600 is built by the Great Western Railway (GWR) for hauling freight across the GWR’s vast railway network, the engine is seen heading a coal train at Cwmbargoed in Merthyr Tydfil in 1959.

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