2005 $5 200th Anniversary of Steam Locomotives: Pakistan Railways SPS 4-4-0, Mint Souvenir Sheet, Bequia

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2005 200th Anniversary of Steam Locomotives
Souvenir Sheet

 

  • Mint souvenir sheet celebrating the 200th anniversary of steam locomotives
  • Stamp pictures original artwork

 

Issuing Country:  Bequia
Value:  $5 Bequia
Format:  Souvenir sheet

Why the stamps were issued:  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of steam locomotives.

About the stamp designs:  The stamp design pictures full-color original artwork of the Pakistan Railways SPS 4-4-0 steam engine.  The stamp includes the name of the locomotive on the upper portion of the design.  The selvage includes an image of a train winding through the countryside with a “200th Anniversary Steam Locomotives” seal.  There is also a railroad track design around the outer edge of the sheet.

History the stamp represents:  The first known steam locomotive to haul a load over a distance was built by Richard Trevithick in 1804.  From then on, steam locomotives were used extensively by countries around the world but especially by the United Kingdom.  They were the most common locomotives for almost 100 years before slowly being replaced by electric and diesel models in the early 1900s.  Most steam locomotives were retired from service by the 1980s, but a few remain to pull tourist trains or heritage/historical lines.

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2005 200th Anniversary of Steam Locomotives
Souvenir Sheet

 

  • Mint souvenir sheet celebrating the 200th anniversary of steam locomotives
  • Stamp pictures original artwork

 

Issuing Country:  Bequia
Value:  $5 Bequia
Format:  Souvenir sheet

Why the stamps were issued:  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of steam locomotives.

About the stamp designs:  The stamp design pictures full-color original artwork of the Pakistan Railways SPS 4-4-0 steam engine.  The stamp includes the name of the locomotive on the upper portion of the design.  The selvage includes an image of a train winding through the countryside with a “200th Anniversary Steam Locomotives” seal.  There is also a railroad track design around the outer edge of the sheet.

History the stamp represents:  The first known steam locomotive to haul a load over a distance was built by Richard Trevithick in 1804.  From then on, steam locomotives were used extensively by countries around the world but especially by the United Kingdom.  They were the most common locomotives for almost 100 years before slowly being replaced by electric and diesel models in the early 1900s.  Most steam locomotives were retired from service by the 1980s, but a few remain to pull tourist trains or heritage/historical lines.