NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY STAMPS


NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY STAMPS

HOWARD PILTZ    Book Number: 89991    Product format: Hardback

The author's two passions, for narrow-gauge railways and stamp-collecting, makes this book a revelation and a delight to read. Both hobbies lead him all over the world as he chases stamps ranging from Wales's own Ffestiniog railway to a banana train in Belize. The book starts with definitions of different types of collectibles, including mint, used, definitive, first day covers and the rarer "PHQ" stamps, used for postcards of which the first was the W.G. Grace stamp commemorating County Cricket in 1973. All the stamps in the collection are intended for posting rather than mere decoration. The Talyllyn Railway was the world's first to be resurrected by preservationists and also the first to issue their own Railway Letter Service stamps. Beautiful examples illustrated here include the 1996 issue depicting the water tank at Dolgoch station, one of the iconic features of the line running deep in the woods. Other stamps from the British Isles include Jersey and the Isle of Man. France gives us le petit train jaune (little yellow train), one of the great railway journeys of the world through the French Pyrenees. Moving into Africa, we learn that the Ivory Coast's one-metre gauge railway, commemorated with a stamp in 1999, was built with the intention of connecting the port of Abidjan with Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Stamps from Chad, Uganda and eastern Africa with their old colonial names are also included, and stamps from Asia and the Pacific region conclude the book. 15.9 x 22.8cm, 64pp, fully illustrated in colour.
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ISBN 9781473871786
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