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THE RAILWAY PHILATELIC GROUP
Are you a stamp collector?
Are you interested in Railways? If the answer to these
questions is yes, then the Railway
Philatelic Group is the organisation for
you. With around 450 members worldwide, an
Convention, a quarterly Journal,
an Exchange Packet
of the Group will enable you to make contact with other
collectors who share your interests and passion for
railways past and present. The interests of members are
many and various. Some of them are described below.
Thematics. Thousands of stamps worldwide show superb miniatures of steam, diesel and electric locomotives. Others show railway pioneers, stations, signals, bridges, viaducts, tunnels and other aspects of railway working. The choice is endless. One of the challenges of thematic collecting is to assemble such stamps in order to tell a coherent story.
Railway Station Postmarks. With the railways coming into prominence as major carriers of the mail, the railway station was the obvious site for a postal sorting office. The postmarks of these station offices are eagerly sought after by Railway Philatelists.
Railway Sub Offices (RSOs). A peculiarly British invention was the Railway Sub Office, a small town or village post office, which exchanged mail directly with a Railway Travelling Post Office rather than with its own Head Office.
Railway Letter Stamps. In certain circumstances the Railway companies could deliver mail more quickly than the Post Office. From 1891 until relatively recent times special stamps, called Railway Letter Stamps were issued for the purpose of conveying railway letters. The issue and use of railway letter stamps was governed by Act of Parliament because the Post Office had a monopoly for the delivery of letters. Even today some of the preserved railway lines issue their own stamps for use by tourists. See RLS Catalogue page for details of new RLS book.