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Embossed postcard with train image and glitter - 20th Century Limited


Sc. 3510-19 - Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields - June 27, 2001

Sc. 3518 - Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields
Shibe Park - June 27, 2001

Sc. UX373 - Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields
Shibe Park - June 27, 2001

Another streetcar, in front of the ball park at the right.

Twenty designs, issued both as a self-adhesive sheet of twenty, and as a packet of twenty postal cards.

Greetings From America - Michigan stamp, April 4, 2002

2002 Greetings From America
April 4, 2002

2002 Greetings From America - Michigan stamp
Sc. 3582, April 4, 2002

It's a bird! It's a train! Yes, it's a train.

Emerging from between the legs of the "M" on the Greetings From America stamp for Michigan is the Detroit People Mover, or DPM, a fully automated system that operates over a 2.9-mile loop with 13 stations in downtown Detroit. Inaugurated in 1987, it has never achieved the popularity hoped for, but carries an estimated 5,000 passengers per day around the downtown area. It takes approximately 14 minutes to travel the entire loop and the wait between trains averages 2-3 minutes. Contrary to a popular misconception, it is not a monorail - it runs on two rails that are bolted to the concrete track bed (no ties), but it is powered by a form of magnetic propulsion known as Linear Induction Motors or LIM, part of the mechanism for which is housed in a large blue boxed structure running under the center of the train, which is probably the reason many mistake the train for a monorail.

There is an official web site for the system at http://www.thepeoplemover.com.

See also -

The GFA stamps were so popular that they were reissued with a 37¢ denomination after the rate change at the end of June.

2002 Greetings From America - Michigan stamp
Sc. 3717, October 25, 2002

I should mention, I suppose, that the ATA Handbook, lists two other stamps from the sheet as rail-related:

3565 / 3700 - California stamp depicts San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which once carried rail traffic
3595 / 3730 Ohio stamp depicts Cleveland Terminal Tower & Veterans' Memorial Bridge in Cleveland; bridge opened in 1918 as the Detroit Superior Bridge, which carried streetcars on the second deck from 1918 to 1954
As I have said elsewhere in these pages, those connections, while interesting, are not enough for me. I need to see at least some tracks in the image.

Antique Toys - June 7, 2002 (Non-denominated)

2002 rate change stamps - antique toys
Sc. 3626-9, June 7, 2002

2002 rate change stamps - antique toys train
Sc. 3627, June 7, 2002

As part of the postal rate changes at the end of June, 2002 (one-ounce first-class postage increased from 34¢ to 37¢), this block of four antique toys was issued, first in a non-denominated version, and later with the 37¢ denomination inscribed. The non-denominated version was released June 7 nation-wide, while the denominated one was released in Rochester, NY on Friday, July 26.

There are two formats of the non-denominated stamps - a "convertible booklet" and a "vending booklet." The denominated version is available in those two, plus a coil.

The First Day City for the non-denominated version was Washington, DC, but the stamps were on sale everywhere that first day, providing a great opportunity for all sorts of unofficial First Day covers. All I managed to do was to buy the stamps on the day of issue - I was totally unprepared for the philatelic opportunities.

Note that, at least in this non-denominated booklet format, the perfed-on-all-four- sides format of the block of four shown in the advance publicity does not exist - click here to see the full booklet pane, and note that there are four distinct varieties of the train stamp - one with straight-edge at top, one with straight-edge at bottom, one with straight-edge at the right side, and one perfed on all four sides.

June 15 - My order from the philatelic caves arrived, and the vending booklet still has no perfed-on-all-fours-sides block. It has at least one more variety of the train stamp than the convertible booklet - click here to see the full vending booklet pane, and note that it has one train stamp with straight edges at both top and right. There may be other differences between the two booklets, in perfs or color or some minor design variation, but I have not found any yet. The one I scanned here has a mottled background, but I had another with a smooth one, so this is just a minor anomaly in the printing.

Antique Toys - July 26, 2002

2002 denominated antique toys
Sc. 3642-45, July 26, 2002

2002 rate change stamps - antique toys train
Sc. 3643, July 26, 2002

Denominated version



Things to Come

With the never-ending stream of new issues
pouring from the USPS these days,
there are sure to be more trains soon - watch this space!


I am grateful to the following people
for their contributions to the data and images on these pages:

Norman E. Wright, Sr., editor of ATA Handbook 138, World Railways Philatelic
Al Peterson, aka The Rail Philatelist

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