Collection of 21 NEW/MINT/UNUSED "LOCO 100" Series (1983 - 1986) Leaders of the World Railway / Locomotive Postcards
Between 1983 and 1987 the Islands of the British Commonwealth collaboratively produced an Omnibus issue of postage stamps (the Locomotive Philatelica - Leaders of the World or Loco 100 Series) depicting famous and historic locomotives. At the same time, a number of commemorative postcards were issued by the islands on the same day as the stamps were released. These were released together as First Day of Issue (FDI) postcards and cancelled by the Islands' Philatelic Bureaux.
On offer here are 21 of these Mint Postcards (from a bulk job lot of leftover Loco 100 Postcards), which it is believed were never originally offered for sale to collectors or the public before in mint condition (i.e. without the FDI stamps).
All of the postcards are illustrated and detailed below. The original stamps depicting each locomotive are also available in my eBay Shop as complete sheets or mounted in Keyrings.
All Postcards are a standard 14.8 cms x 10.5 cms (5.75 x 4.125 inches).
Postcard 1: 1984 Postcard of Collett's Great Western Railway (GWR) 2251 CLASS 0-6-0 No. 3212 drawing into the now vanished Winchester Chesil station on the ex-Didcot, Newbury & Southampton line with a down local stopping train in May 1957.
Postcard 2: 1984 Postcard of London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Class 8P 4-6-2 No. 46203 PRINCESS MARGARET ROSE leaving Beattock Station in early 1962 with her banker-assisted down Perth train and embarking on the 10-mile drag to Beattock summit.
Postcard 3: 1984 Postcard of London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Gresley Bantam Cock Class V4 2-6-2 No. 3402 "Bantam Hen" seen here as BR No. 61701 at Ferryhill on a late evening in May 1957, six months before her withdrawal from service.
Postcard 4: 1986 Postcard of Great Western Railway (GWR) William Dean's CITY CLASS 4-4-0 No. 3440 City of Truro (built in 1903 and the first British locomotive to exceed 100 mph) cruising near Bridgnorth in September 1985.
Postcard 5: 1983 Postcard of London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler's Patriot Class (Baby Scot) "Duke of Sutherland" on the Nuneaton shed turntable in September 1961, eight months before her withdrawal.
Postcard 6: 1984 Postcard of London & South Western Railway (LSWR) (and now Isle of Wight Steam Railway) O2 CLASS 0-4-4T CALBOURNE passing through Whippingham with a Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB) charter train in September 1960.
Postcard 7: 1985 Postcard of London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Peppercorn A2 / A3 Class 4-6-2 BLUE PETER, actually completed in 1948 as BR No. 60532 but re-liveried after her 1966 withdrawal as LNER No. 532 is seen here at Didcot in May 1985.
Postcard 8: 1984 Postcard of London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler's (Unrebuilt) 4-6-0 No. 6001 ROYAL SCOT at Crewe North Shed in May 1939. Built as No. 6152 in 1930, this locomotive swapped identities with the original Royal Scot in 1933.
Postcard 9: 1986 Postcard of War Department (WD) & Southern Railway (SR) Bulleid Austerity Q1 0-6-0 No. C28 seen here as British Railways (BR) No. 33028 in October 1952 in immaculate ex-works condition at Ramsgate.
Postcard 10: 1983 Postcard of New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) Young's C38 Class 4-6-2 No. 3801 hauling an Enfield to Goulbourn goods train near Picton on 28th May 1965.
Postcard 11: 1983 Postcard of Japanese National Railways (JNR) C57 Class 4-6-2 No. C57-61 seen here on 8th March 1961 at Kiitabe Station on the Kisei line near Shirahama, in Wakawama Prefecture, Honshu.
Postcard 12: 1984 Postcard of APT (370 Class) No. 370 006 at Preston on the return journey of the APT's public inaugural run on 7th December 1981.
Postcard 13: 1983 Postcard of BR/SR Bulleid Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 No. 34051 WINSTON CHURCHILL at Eastleigh in 1963.
Postcard 14: 1985 Postcard of Great Central Railway (GCR) Improved Director Class BUTLER HENDERSON No. 506 at Rothley in 1980.
Postcard 15: 1985 Postcard of London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Gresley V2 2-6-2 No. 4771 "GREEN ARROW" hauling a Leeds to Ravenglass excursion train at Kent's Bank on the Morecambe Bay coast in September 1976.
Postcard 16: 1983 Postcard of Great Western Railway (GWR) Hawksworth "County" Class 4-6-0 No. 1023 County of Oxford seen here in June 1958 hauling a nine-coach down passenger express over Coombe Viaduct, just south of Saltash station with Brunel's magnificent Royal Albert Bridge providing a breathtaking backdrop.
Postcard 17: 1984 Postcard of London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler's JINTY Class 3F 0-6-0T Shunter No. 47506 (built in 1928), coming off Radstock shed onto her next turn of duty in October 1960. She was withdrawn in June 1961 and scrapped.
Postcard 18: 1983 Postcard of Great Western Railway (GWR) "Dean Goods" 2302 Class 0-6-0 No. 2460 waiting with a full bunker at Severn Tunnel Junction shed in May 1947. Built at Swindon in December 1895, she was withdrawn by BR in April 1954.
Postcard 19: 1983 Postcard of London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Gresley A4 Class 4-6-2 MALLARD No. 4468 on 3rd July 1938 (the World Record Run), hauling the ex-NER dynamometer car and spare "Coronation" streamlined six-coach set north at 70 mph over Potters Bar summit on a Sunday morning brake test run. Only following her departure from King's Cross has Sir Nigel Gresley revealed that after turning the train at Barkston triangle he intends to set a new world speed record for steam locomotives.
Postcard 20: 1983 Postcard of Victoria Government Railways (VGR) 5ft 3in gauge Ahlston R Class 4-6-4 No. R766 of 1952, one of seven Rs preserved, is seen here at an unidentified location in the 1960s.
Postcard 21: 1983 Postcard of German State Railway 65.10 Class 2-8-4T No. 65.1049 (the first major post-war steam design of East Germany and built by the Hans Beimler Locomotive Works at Hennigsdorf, Berlin - the former Borsig Works) travelling light engine at Saalfeld in the Gera District on 30th May 1978.
The Postcards will be securely packed for shipping (Inside a Cellophane Wrapper Inside a Card Envelope). Packet weight = 120g.
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