Postage Stamps (Railway Topical)

Foreword
I am no philatelist, and this page defers to those who are. Nevertheless, as did so many youngsters of my generation, I did collect postage stamps in my early teens - and I regret to say I sold them all for the then princely sum of £3 to enhance my Hornby-Dublo trainset of the day. I still have mixed feelings about that transaction, because it included many stamps so generously bought for me by my grandad - but he must have been wise in the aspirations of youngsters, and for their need to learn to make their own decisions.

Then in my more mature years, I inclined again to stamps featuring railways and street/tram cars, and I offer here some of my favourites in homage to an era when stamps adorned our mail with interesting quality-engraved designs, and treasured features such as legible cancellations that actually informed you of where and when the cancellation was made.. 

The stamps shown here are by no means a complete representation from the countries concerned, only what I was able to acquire during my period of interest. A publication such as the Stanley Gibbons Thematic Catalogue (Collect Railways on Stamps) provides a complete summary.  

Where available, each stamp caption is prefaced with the Stanley Gibbons catalogue number and the year of issue.  

INDEX
NORTH AMERICA
Bermuda
Canada
USA


BRITISH ISLES and IRELAND
Guernsey
Jersey
Ireland
Isle of Man
UK


EUROPE - Western - Continental
Austria
Belgium
Belgium Parcel Post
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany (Deutsches Reich, West Germany, Bundesrepublik)
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland


EUROPE - Eastern
Albania
Bulgaria
Czechoslovakia
Germany (East Germany DDR)
Greece
Hungary
Poland
Rumania
Russia
Slovakia
Turkey
Yugoslavia

FAR EAST, ASIA and PACIFIC OCEAN
China
Japan
Kampuchea
Korea - North
Korea - south
Mongolia
Philippines
Tuva
Vietnam

AUSTRALASIA
Australia
New Zealand

CARRIBEAN ISLANDS
Cuba

CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Ecuador
Falkland Islands
Mexico
Peru
Uruguay

AFRICA
Egypt
South Africa
Southern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe

Albania
501 1948. Construction of the Durres-Tirana Railway.

501 1948. Construction of the Durres-Tirana Railway.

532-534 1949. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

532-534 1949. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

Austria
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