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Classic Locomotives - BR WD 'Austerity'
The first of Royal Mail's four "Classic Locomotives" issues, the Classic Locomotives of England sees us celebrate four of the most iconic and well known English locomotives. Here we celebrate the BR WD 'Austerity' in all its glory.
During the Second World War heavy freight ‘Austerity’ locomotives were built for military service. Before the Normandy Landings, the army had very little use for these locomotives, so they were loaned to the ‘Big Four’ railway companies. After June 1944, ‘Austerity’ locomotives were shipped out to France. Eventually British Rail had 733 of these locomotives.
The Classic Locomotives Series
Following on from the Great British Railways issue of 19 August 2010, this is the first of a series of Miniature Sheets that will look at steam locomotives in use in each of the home countries. The intention is to look at how steam locomotives were used not just on the public railway network but also in the context of industry in such locations as factories, quarries and docks. England will commence the series to be followed by Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Classic Locomotives Set
This Classic Locomotives of England issue features four of the most iconic of the English locomotives. We have therefore produced four covers to make a set: one for each locomotive. To make these covers stand out a little bit more, we have commissioned the wonderful artist John Wigston GRA to paint each locomotive, and feel this is a real testament to our great railway heritage
BR Dean Goods Class
Peckett Type R2
L & YR 1093 J4
Alternative Classic Locomotives of England
Preserved Loco Stamp Sheet
Miniature Sheet Cover
Alternative Miniature Sheet
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Quick Facts: BR WD 'Austerity' is a First-day Cover Issue date : 1st February 2011
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