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Classic Locomotives - The Dean Goods Class
To coincide with Royal Mail's release of their "Classic Locomotives of England" issue, we have asked renowned railway artist John Wigston to research and paint all four locomotives featuring on the stamps for our rail series. This cover is the first of four and commemorates the BR Dean Goods Class, featuring the stamp from the issue and our sponsored Royal Mail postmarks.
Special Signed Edition
A small number of these covers have been personally signed by renowned railway artist John Wigston. A member of the Guild of Railway Artists, we have worked with John many times in the past. To get this Buckingham Covers' second rail series of to a cracking start, we have commissioned John to research and paint all four of the classic British locomotives featuring on Royal Mail's 2011 locomotives issue. We therefore couldn't think of a more fitting signature than the artist himself.
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BR Dean Goods Class Locomotive
Built to a design of William Dean, the Dean Goods Class locomotive broke with previous traditions by having inside frames only, as well as a change to the boiler design. Great Western Railway built 260 of these goods locomotives, many of which were requisitioned for both the First and Second World War. During the First World War, 62 engines were sent to France under the Railway Operating Division, with two locomotives eventually ending up in the hands of the Ottoman Railways. During the Second World War, 100 locomotives were requisitioned by the War Department, and many ended up in France. An estimated 22-26 ended up all the way in China, a real testament to excellent British design and engineering.
What is a first day cover?
At its most basic level, a first day cover (FDC) is an envelope bearing stamps postmarked on the first day that the stamps were issued. A cover originates from the practice of covering a letter in a separate sheet, so that it remained protected and safe from prying eyes. On the day the penny black was first issued, 1 May 1840, so emerged the very first FDC. Click here to find out more about first day covers
Our Classic British Locomotives Rail Collection
Quick Facts: Dean Goods Class (no. 1 of 4) is a First-day Cover Issue date : 1st February 2011
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