Qinghai -Tibet Railway Line -Miniature Sheet of China 2001
Qinghai -Tibet Railway Line is a high altitude railway line that connects Xining, Qinghai Province to Lhasa, Tibet. The section between Xining and Golmud was completed in 1984. The construction of section between Golmud and Lhasa started on 29 Jun 2001 and finished on 12 Oct 2005.
China issued a Miniature sheet on 29 Dec 2001 on starting construction of this Golmud Lhasa section . Tanggula pass is the world’s highest point on a railway line and Tanggula railway station at 5,068 metres is World’s highest Railway Station.
The Coast Daylight Express Train – Antigua and Barbuda 1986
An International Stamp Exhibition AMERIPEX 86 was held in Chicago in 1986. Antigua and Barbuda issued a miniature sheet on 22 May 1986 to commemorate this exhibition. The Miniature sheet featured The Coast Daylight Express Train of USA. The Coast Daylight was earlier known as Daylight Limited, it was a passenger train on Southern Pacific Railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California via SP’s coastline. It was advertised as the most beautiful passenger train in the World carrying a particular red, black and orange colour scheme. The train operated from 1937 to 1974 and in 1974 Amtrak merged it with Coast Starlight.
The stamp is also overprinted BARBUDA MAIL on the miniature sheet.
In 1901 Six Australian Colonies federated form Commonwealth of Australia. At that point, of time Perth was isolated from remaining states. This gave birth to Trans Australian Railway on 17 Oct 1917. The Trans -Australian Railway crosses the Nullarbor Plain of Australia from Port Augusta in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia . Currently, two passenger services use this line Indian Pacific and The Ghan.
Australia issued a miniature sheet with two stamps on 04 July 2017 . The stamps feature travel posters
Camel – Trans-Australian Railway Travel Poster
To the West -Trans-Australian Railway Travel Poster
Bhutan issued a miniature sheet on Locomotives on 16 July 1984. The locomotive featured is Crampton’s Locomotive 1846.
Crampton Locomotive was a type of Steam locomotive designed by Thomas Russel Crampton and built by various firms from 1846. The main British builders were Tulk & Ley and Robert Stephenson & Company. Notable features were a low boiler and large driving wheels. The Crampton patent had the single driving axle placed behind the firebox so that the driving wheels could be very large. Its wheel arrangement was usually 4-2-0 or 6-2-0.
Stamps on Alishan Forest railway – Taiwan (ROC) – 1992
Alishan Forest railway is an 86 Km network of narrow gauge railways running through mountain resort of Alishan in Chiayi county of Taiwan. The railways originally constructed for logging of Cypress and Taiwania wood by Japanese Imperial Government in 1912 has now become a tourist attraction with its unique Z-shaped switchbacks, over 50 tunnels and 77 wooden bridges. The main line originally ran from Chiayi ( elevation 30m) to Alishan (2216m).
Taiwan (ROC) issued two stamps on Alishan Forest railway on 05 Nov 1992. It features a Steam engine (5 NT$ stamp) and a Diesel Locomotive ( 15 NT$ stamp).
Narrow Gauge Locomotives -Stamps of South West Africa 1985.
on 11 Sep 1897 the first members of the “Feldbahn-Baukommando” arrived from Germany in Swakopmund,SWA. They built a railway line with a width of 600mm from Swakopmund to Windhoek and was officially opened to traffic on 01 Jul 1902 and known as “Staatsbahn”. The private narrow gauge line from Swakopmund to Tsumeb was opened in Nov 1906.
South West Africa issued a set of four stamps on Narrow Gauge Locomotives on 02 Aug 1985.The Four were
France issued a souvenir sheet of 10 stamps on History of Railways on 06 Jul 2001. One of the stamps features the Crocodile class of electric locomotives. It derives its name from the crocodile snouts at each end of loco.It first applied to Swiss locos but later to other countries also.
The French SNCF 25Kv AC locomotives of classes CC 14000 & CC 14100 used mainly for iron ore trains are sometimes called Crocodiles.