|R241A||Ffestiniog Railway Celebrating 150 Years of Steam (1st March postmark)||£15.00||Sold Out|
|R241||Ffestiniog Railway: Celebrating 150 Years of Steam (11th October postmark)||£20.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 11/10/2013
Issue Name: Ffestiniog Railway: Celebrating 150 Years of Steam
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - two unique narrow gauge railways operated by the Festiniog Railway. 2013 marks 150 years of steam for Ffestiniog Railway. We were delighted to work with them to create this OFFICIAL cover. It features a photograph of The Princess from the railway archives, and has a Ffestiniog Railway Postmark at Porthmadog (11th October, 2013), and features a Genuine Ffestiniog Railway letter stamp, along with a Special Boston Lodge cachet.
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The Ffestiniog Railway
The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the World - being founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832.
The railway was built as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry flourished, so did the railway and the town of Porthmadog. Slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog were exported to ports all over the globe - many in ships built in Porthmadog.
The railway was extremely successful and introduced many innovative engineering solutions to cope with the rapid increase in output from the quarries and in the number of passengers it carried. Engineers from around the world came to study the Ffestiniog Railway and, as a result, it has influenced the design and construction of railways in many countries.
However, the slate industry - and then passenger numbers - slowly declined, until finally the railway closed to traffic in 1946. Luckily, pioneering railway enthusiasts were determined that the railway should survive and it was re-opened in 1954.
Over the last fifty years, the Ffestiniog Railway has become a leader in railway preservation and is now one of Wales’ top tourist attractions. Visitors to the railway can enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Snowdonia as they pass through areas inaccessible by road undisturbed by the sights and sounds of modern life.
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