Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sunday Stamps 23: Liverpool and Manchester Railway

Having managed to miss last week's Sunday Stamps, I hope I can make up for it this week. This week's theme was stamps that have their design continued between stamps. I think this one fits the bill quite nicely with the train carriages all linked, and the background landscape also. This First Day Cover dates back to March 1980 and was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Liverpool and Manchester railway.

First Day Cover, Liverpool and Manchester Railway, 1980

Sadly the golden era of train travel is long gone in the UK these days. Fortunately there are plenty of preserved railways around that help to remind us of the age of steam. Some investment still goes into the railways, the regeneration of St. Pancras is a fine example, and it will be interesting to see what the cross-rail service (west to east London) end up like when it's completed. I see it most days when I travel into Paddington and it all looks very slow progress.


    

7 comments:

  1. These are one of my all time favourite British stamps. There is so much detail and meaning in each stamp, just like chugging along behind a train passing all the points of interest on the way.

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  2. That reminds me of an old-fashioned toy train.

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  3. I'm disappointed not to be able to post this week but I'm delighted to see stamps like these as I come from just outside Yarm where the meeting was held which led to the establishment of the Stockton-Darlington Railway - the first in the world.

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  4. Great idea to put train carriages on se-tenant stamp.

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  5. What a wonderful cover! A delightful illustration. It's fun to see what's in the different railroad cars.

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  6. I really like these train stamps. I have never seen them before.

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  7. A perfect example of what I was hoping for. Darn my scanner! Thanks for participating.

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