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Collection Issue Date: 17th May 2013

Celebrating the splendour of the Isle of Man’s Victorian railways

Essential for collectors and railway enthusiasts, this splendid set of six stunning stamps captures a golden age of travel with a series of tourism poster-style designs paying tribute to the Isle of Man's unique Victorian railways. This issue is the perfect celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Railway and 120th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway, which both fell in 2013.

Issue Information

Wonderful images of steam trains and electric trams feature on this highly collectable issue, which celebrates the history of the Isle of Man's unique Victorian railways.

Each of the six stamps features a design which draws inspiration from the popular tourism posters of yesteryear, ensuring an exclusive look which every collection should have.

Available to purchase in sheets, as a First Day Cover and in the beautiful Presentation Pack, this celebratory issue is an affordable collectable for all collectors, railway enthusiasts and anyone who wants to remember a golden age of tourism in the British Isles.

The issue was released to mark two important anniversaries for the Isle of Man – 140 years of the world famous Steam Railway and 120 years of the Manx Electric Railway. The railways retain an enduring popularity with visitors and locals alike, with packed carriages today harking back to the Victorian era when tourists flocked to the Isle of Man to ride the rails.

The network which once stretched across the Island is smaller today, but you can still travel from the capital, Douglas, south towards Castletown and Port Erin and north to Laxey and Ramsey – not forgetting the unique opportunity to climb aboard a tram which runs to the summit of the Island's highest peak - Snaefell.

The poster designs featured on the six stamps in this issue make use of photography by David Lloyd-Jones, the acclaimed Isle of Man-based railway writer and photographer.

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Technical Information

Photography & text David Lloyd Jones
Design EJC Design
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Printer BDT
Paper 110 gms PVA gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
No. of Stamps 6
Format Sheet of 15
Stamp Size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Date of Issue 17th May 2013

Collection Products

Isle of Man Railways MER Mail Van No.16 Special Envelope
Isle of Man Railways MER Mail Van No.16 Special Envelope

Product Code: RF98
Product Issue Date: 31st July 2015

Railway Mail Van No.16 was brought back into service and carried mail from Derby Castle to Ramsey, and from Ramsey to Laxey, during the Manx Heritage Transport Festival. The M.E.R. built two vans in-house, numbered 15 and 16, during 1908 at the Derby Castle depot. The two vans were subsequently lettered with ‘G.R. Royal Mail’ on both sides. Mail Van 16 was taken out of service in 1975 and stored in the Ramsey car shed, then moved to the old Homefield Bus Depot in Douglas in 1997.

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Snaefell Mountain Railway 120th Anniversary Special Cover
Snaefell Mountain Railway 120th Anniversary Special Cover

Product Code: RF97
Product Issue Date: 20th August 2015

A large format Special Cover posted on arrival at Laxey Station commemorates Snaefell Mountain Railway's 120th Anniversary on Thursday 20th August 2015. This quintuple stamped and postmarked cover is limited to just 750 copies and contains an illustrated information card about the special trams and anniversary events.

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Isle of Man Railway Letter Stamps Folder
Isle of Man Railway Letter Stamps Folder

Product Code: RF99
Product Issue Date: 27th March 2015

To celebrate the 'Year of the Railways', Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present, in collaboration with M. J. Southall MBE, four official 25p Steam Railway and four Manx Electric Railway (Tramway) stamps, each printed in sheetlets of 10 (5 x 2), depicting Manx stream locomotives one for the Steam, Electric and Snaefel Mountain Railway.

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