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100 Years of the World's Oldest Railway Society
Official Stamp Sheet Presentation Pack
Stephenson Locomotive Society was founded in 1909 and is the leading organisation for the study of railways and railway locomotion.
To celebrate 100th anniversary of The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS), we release this Royal Mail stamp sheet:
John Wigston did all the artwork used on the sheet, including the small Cinderella stamps contained within it.
Meet the designer:
Clair Palmer designed the Stephenson Locomotive Society sheet.
Q. What do you like best about the design?
A. I really love the colour scheme and the way the background image made the sheet look interesting to the eye.
Q. What were you trying to achieve with the design?
A. I was trying to capture the feel of the locomotive whilst making the most of John Wigston’s beautiful artwork.
The Cinderella stamps within the sheet show
1. Stephenson's Locomotion
2. Stephenson - Lady of the Lake Class no 279
3. Stephenson Stroudley G Class No 329
4. Gladstone Stroudley B Class No 214
5. Stephenson - Experiment Class No 2052
6. Stephenson - Billington Baltic Tank No 329
7. Stephenson - Rebuild Patriot Class No 45529
8. Stephenson - owler Patriot Class No 5529
9. Stephenson - Stainer Class No 44767
1. Stephenson - British Railways Class No 87001
Each sheet is individually numbered and unrepeatable. We chose 1909 to represent the year the SLS were founded.
Like all Buckingham Stamp Sheets, this is printed by Royal Mail and contains 10 genuine first class postage stamps.
Each sheet comes with an information card all about the Stephenson Locomotive Society, its history and what it does today.
Frame Yours for the Wall!
These sheets are so irresistible that we know many of you will frame them for the wall. That way, they also make stunning presents. We don't offer our sheet framed at the moment but we do offer it mounted, ready to frame. That leaves you free to choose a frame YOU like and that suits your colour scheme.
Each sheet is lovingly mounted by hand here and sent to you carefully. The mount is cream - nice and neutral, to work with whatever colour of frame you choose.
The mount will not cause any damage to your stamp sheet, allowing you to frame it for the wall without risking your investment. The sheets simply slip into the mount without need for damaging tape.
Choosing the mounted options makes the sheet into an even more beautiful gift.
Number of sheets printed:1909
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The Stephenson Locomotive Society
The Stephenson Locomotive Society organises local meetings and events around the country.
It owns an extensive library, including photographic and drawings collections. The SLS also publishes books and the famous Stephenson Locomotive Society Journal.
The SLS also has a collection of historic locomotive nameplates and has it's own railway archive material on loan to museums.
It was founded in 1909 for the study of rail transport and locomotives. Since the start, SLS has attracted professional locomotive engineers including William Stanier, Oliver Bulleid and André Chapelon.
In 1927, the SLS purchased the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway B1 Class steam locomotive Gladstone for preservation. In 1959, when the Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee , SLS donated Gladstone to the British Transport Commission, the predecessor of the National Railway Museum.
The SLS are custodians of an historic miniature steam locomotive Orion, constructed to run on 9½in (241mm) gauge track, based on the London & North Western Railway Webb Compound design.
George Stephenson was born on June 9th 1781 in Wylam, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. From an early age, he was fascinated by machines: little was he to know that this early interest would make him one of the most influential pioneers of the Industrial Revolution
George went to work in the colleries with his father and became an engineman in 1802. He moved several times for promotion and in 1812 he was employed as a brakesman at Killingworth Colliery. His interest in how the machines worked led him to boast he could repair the unsatisfactory pumping engine if they would only let him. They did, and he did exactly what he said he could. A substantial promotion was his reward.
This seemed to spur him on in his passion for all-things-mechanical and he went on to develop a new safety lamp that wouldn't explode when used near highly flammable gases (invaluable down the mines) and convinced the mine manager to experiment with steam locomotion.
John Wigston is one of the world's leading railway artists. We're proud to have worked a lot with John on cover projects and after huge collector interest, he recently gave us an exclusive interview.
In 1814 he built his first locomotive which was capable of pulling 30 tons up a grade at 4 miles per hour. The mine owners were so impressed they set him the task of building an 8 mile railway from Hetton to Sunderland. Further locomotives followed and by 1825, Stephenson had already built 16.
Stockton & Darlington railway hired him to build the line linking collieries in West Durham to the River Tees. With his son Robert, he formed Robert Stephenson & Company, the first locomotive building company in the world and the company's first locomotive "Locomotion" was finished in the autumn of 1825.
On September 27th 1825, the Stockton & Darlington line was officially opened and crowds of onlookers watched as George guided Locomotion along 9 miles of track in just under 2 hours.
Perhaps his biggest triumph came in 1829. The proposed Liverpool & Manchester railway directors held a trial to determine which locomotive to use for their railway. Of the 10 engines entered in the trials held at Rainhill, only 5 turned up and just 3 worked well enough to take part. The winner was "Rocket", produced by the Stephensons.
George Stephenson went from strength to strength - constantly innovating and improving his engines and the tracks. His success allowed him to purchase Tapton House, near chesterfield, in 1838, where he died on August 12th 1848.
More Stephenson Tributes
Our Stephenson Locomotive Society Cover
We've also worked with the SLS to produce this striking cover, again featuring exclusive artwork from John Wigston GRA. Don't miss out - order yours today! --->
Our George Stephenson Tribute cover
<--- You might also enjoy owning this beautiful cover, again featuring the artwork of John Wigston, marking the 160th anniversary of George Stephenson's death.
Quick Facts: SLS sheet presentation pack is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 26th March 2009
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