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TRAINS ON U. S. STAMPS and POSTAL STATIONERY

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Trains on stamps are my favorite collecting area, so although these pages are not formally a part of my philatelic alphabet, I am including them so I can share some of my favorite stamps and covers.

Below are thumbnail images of all the U.S. postage stamps and postal stationery with a train or rail theme, as listed in Norm Wright, Sr.'s ATA Handbook 138, World Railways Philatelic (to which I am indebted for much of the technical data quoted here), plus a few others I felt belonged. The stamps are arranged by type (Locals and Expresses, US postage stamps, then Parcel Post, Revenues, and postal stationery).

11/16/2004 - A viewer pointed out that I was not showing here the stamps with streetcars or trolleys, and though I do not collect those, they are listed in the ATA Handbook, so I have added spaces for them in the table below, and will add images and text as I acquire them. I have also added other items I had simply put off including, such as postal cards. I am still NOT including here stamps such as Scott 628, the John Ericsson commemorative, whose rail connection is that its subject designed the steam locomotive "Novelty" in 1869.

You may explore the stamps below in three ways:

- Click on any thumbnail to bring up a high-res version of that image, OR

- Click on the legend below any image to go to a page that discusses the purpose and history of the stamp, and shows covers and other collateral material, OR

- Click on the little steam locomotives at the top of the page to move forward and backward through all twelve pages of text and images.

LOCALS and EXPRESSES
including some fakes and fantasies
(sorted alphabetically)

Click here - New catalog of Private Express Stamps and Labels.


Baldwin
(bogus)

Bigelow's
Massachusetts
1848

Broadway Post Office
New York
1852

Broadway Post Office
(bogus)

Bronson & Forbes
Chicago
1856

Cummings
New York
1846

Fiske & Rice
New York
??

Gay, Kinsley
Boston & New York
1850?

Kingman's
(bogus)

Lillard
?
?

Locomotive Express
New York
1847

Pacific Express
San Francisco
1884

Pomeroy & Co.
New York
1844

Truman & Chapman
San Francisco
1861

Truman & Chapman
San Francisco
1865

Wells Fargo

1883

Wells Fargo

1892

Wells Fargo
?

W. Wyman
Boston
1844  (149L1)
What is the train
on the Wyman's Local?

US Government Postal Issues
(sorted chronologically)

First US stamp with a train on it, 1869 Pictorials
Scott 114/125

TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE
Scott 293

PAN-AMERICAN EXPO
Scott 295

PAN-AMERICAN EXPO
Scott 296

PAN-AMERICAN EXPO
Scott 297

PANAMA-PACIFIC EXPO
Scott 398/402

TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD
Scott 922


TELEGRAPH CENTENARY
Scott 924


POSTAGE STAMP CENTENARY
Scott 947

UNITED STATES-
CANADA FRIENDSHIP
Scott 961

AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Scott 987

RAILROAD ENGINEERS
Scott 993

BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD
Scott 1006

FIRST AUTOMATED POST OFFICE
Scott 1164

SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR
Scott 1196

NATIONAL GRANGE
Scott 1323

TOY TRAIN - 1970 CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS
Scott 1415

SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR
Scott 1442

WHEAT FIELDS AND TRAIN - RURAL AMERICA
Scott 1506

ZIP CODE
Scott 1511

POSTAL SERVICE BICENTENNIAL
Scott 1573

RAILROAD CONDUCTOR'S LANTERN
Scott 1612

TRAIN in NEBRASKA STATE SEAL, STATE FLAGS ISSUE
Scott 1669

TEXAS WINDMILL
Scott 1742

JIMMIE RODGERS
Scott 1755 "The Singing Brakeman"

LOCOMOTIVE COIL
Scott 1897A

RAILWAY HAND CAR COIL
Scott 1898

RR CABOOSE COIL
Scott 1905

Reissue, untagged
Scott 1905a

STREETCARS
Scott 2059-62

LOCOMOTIVE COIL Reissue
Scott 2226

COAL CAR COIL
Scott 2259


CABLE CAR COIL
Scott 2263


RAILROAD MAIL CAR COIL
Scott 2265

LOCOMOTIVES BOOKLET
Scott 2362-66

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH
Scott 2402


COG RAILWAY COIL
Scott 2463


DC BICENTENNIAL
Scott 2561

TOY TRAIN - Contemporary Christmas
Scott 2712


TOY TRAIN - Contemporary Christmas Booklet
Scott 2716


TOY TRAIN - ATM PANE
Scott 2719


NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM
Scott 2779-82

LOCOMOTIVES BOOKLET
Scott 2843-47

WW II - VICTORY AT LAST
Scott 2981i

TOONERVILLE TROLLEY
Scott 3000g

JOHN HENRY -
FOLK HEROES
Scott 3085

The Great Train Robbery
CTC 00's
Scott 3182c


ELECTRIC TOY TRAINS
CTC 20's
Scott 3184d


PANAMA CANAL
CTC 1910's
Scott 3183f


STREAMLINE DESIGN
CTC 30's
Scott 3185k


TRUMAN RE-ELECTED
CTC '40s
Scott 3186d


MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE
TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE
REPRINT
Scott 3209b


ALL ABOARD
Scott 3333-37

PAN-AM INVERTS
Scott 3505

SHIBE PARK
Scott 3518


Greetings From America
Michigan Stamp
Scott 3582


2002 Rate Change Stamps - undenominated Antique Toys
Scott 3626-9


2002 - denominated Antique Toys
Scott 3642-5


Greetings From America
Michigan Stamp
Scott 3717

Parcel Post Stamps


Q3 - MAIL CAR
Scott Q3

Q5 - MAIL TRAIN
Scott Q5

Q9 - MANUFACTURING
Scott Q9

Revenue Stamps

FACTORY SCENE
Scott R129,30,31,50

Revenue Stamped Paper

ALLEGORICAL SCENE
Scott RN-N3 and RN-N4

Private Die Proprietary Stamps

RO86c - GARDNER BEER & CO
Scott R086c

RS161d - LAWRENCE & MARTIN
Scott RS161d

Postal Stationery - Envelopes

U218 - 1876 CENTENNIAL
Scott U218, U220

U221 - 1876 CENTENNIAL
Scott U219, U221

U582 - 1976 BI-CENTENNIAL
Scott U582a

UC17 - POSTAGE STAMP CENTENARY
Scott UC17, UC17a, UC23

ESSAYS
FOR POSTAL STATIONERY SURCHARGE
1958
AEROGRAMME


UC62 - MONTGOMERY BLAIR
Scott UC62

Postal Stationery - Postal Cards

TOONERVILLE TROLLEY - AMERICAN COMIC STRIPS
Scott UX227


ALL ABOARD
UX307


ALL ABOARD
UX308


ALL ABOARD
UX309


ALL ABOARD
UX310


ALL ABOARD
UX311


BASEBALL'S LEGENDARY PLAYING FIELDS - SHIBE PARK
Scott UX373


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