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Dutch Railway Stamps: Foreign Railways

Survey of Dutch stamps about foreign railways

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2007:
Two personalized stamps, one with the French SNCF 231 G538 Sotteville and the other is a Swiss SBB Re 460 La Poste mail train.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2008:
Four personalized stamps with the French trains, respectively Eurostar, SNCF 231 G538 Sotteville, SNCF FRET 8200 and Le Train Jaune (the yellow train).

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
year unknown:
Set of six personalized stamps with the Wuppertal suspension railway plus one odd-man-out which also shows the Wuppertal suspension railway.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
year unknown:
Set of twelve personalized stamps with rail scenes and locomotives in Great Britain

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
years unknown: (from 2010-2017)
Some personalized stamps with several foreign locomotives:

An American Amtrak and then some Belgian Thalys trains. The first with captain Haddock alongside. The second with Tin Tin on it.
Three more Belgian Thalys trains.
Three Belgian locomotives at Brussels: numbers 075, 1187, 950. Two stamps with Eurostar (Paris- London) and a UK HST.
Then two other British trainstamps and an Austrian Taurus in UEFA 2008 championship livery.
Two locos at Brussels South Station, a Belgian TAXX loco and an InfraBel loco.
An Italian Arena Ways and then two ESSO locos, one from Canada and the other from the UK
Three German trains: a local train in Cologne, a regional train in Cologne and a DB 110.
A German Stadler FLIRT of the Westfalen Railway. FLIRT stood origially for: Flinker Leichter Innovativer Regionaltriebzug, and in English: Fast Light Innovative Regional Train. Later it became Flinker Leichter Intercity- und Regional-Triebzug ,in English: Fast Light Intercity- and Regional Train. An then a Deutsche Bahn eloco. And from France a TGV
From Switzerland: Allegra from the Rhätische Bahn, an SBB Bonbardier and a Swiss eloco.
A Blue Star TEE, a Chinese transrapid at Shanghai and a German maglev transrapid.
A German transregional train at Cologne, a Japanese maglev and a foreign monorail.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
years unknown:
Personalized priority stamps for Europe in pairs with foreign trains.
Two German steam locos, two TGVs, an American Union Pacific diesel, an ICE3.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
years unknown:
These personalized stamps of Swiss locomotives show the following types:
SBB-CFF Ee 3/3 '16454', SBB Ee 922 Stadler and SBB Cargo Eem 923 001-2 in the upper row.
SBB Cargo Am 840 001-2, Trans Europ Express (1957-1987) and a poster with Trans Europ Express in the lower row.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2011:
Personalized stamps in a square frame:
Goods loco in the Cologne area in Germany + a German ICE3.
German Lufthansa ET 403 + Italian AGV.
Spanish RENFE loco + British Rail 618
Two UK steam locomotives.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2011:
Set of six personalized stamps with foreign High Speed Trains:
Eurostar, ICE and British Rail.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2011 (?):
Set of eight personalized stamps with foreign Lego trains:
Great Western Railway + LNER A4 Pacific "Sir Nigel Gresley" + Santa Fe
MAERSK loco + BNSF loco + "Emerald Night"
TGV + MAERSK loco

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2012:
Sheet of personalised stamps of the Dutch Association of Thematic Philately (NVTF)

In commemoration of their sixtieth anniversary the Dutch Association of Thematic Philately (NVTF) issued a sheet of three personalised stamps. In the border you find a 1982 Russian stamp from a set of 5 showing an electic locomotive.

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: 2751-D-29

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2013:
An Italian work locomotive: Fer 80 Srl.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2013:
The Great Gathering of A4 Pacifics in York (UK).
The Great Gathering was an exhibition of all the surviving LNER Class A4s at the National Railway Museum in York in July 2013. The following locos were present:
4464 Bittern
4468 Mallard
4498 Sir Nigel Gresley
60008 Dwight D Eisenhower
60009 Union of South Africa
60010 Dominion of Canada


No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2014:
Again The Great Gathering of A4 Pacifics in York (UK). This time two stamps.


No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
several unknown years:

stamps from rolls with foreign locos:
Three US locos + ICE
Wuppertal suspension train + Christmas train
US loco + ICE
ICE Christmas train

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2018:

The BLS MUTZ Doppelstock from Switzerland.

No entry in official catalogue

set of 5 Swiss posters 2019:

A series of five Swiss railway posters was issued on personalised stamps, showing:
The Jura-Simplon Railway, the Montreux-Berner Oberland Railway (three times) and the electric Simplon Line.

No entry in official catalogue

personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc personalised stamp of The Netherlands with trains, trams, stations etc
2019:
A number of Swiss locomotives was issued on personalised stamps, showing:
First row:
SBB Re 460 La Poste, SBB Ee 922 Stadler and SBB ChemOil Bombardier.
Second row:
SBB Ce 6-8 14201 Köfferli, CrossRail and BLS Tm 235 100-5.
Third row:
BLS Am 843 501-8, BLS 11110 Ae 4-4 and BLS 402.
Fourth row:
SBB TEE Re 4-4 IRIS 1985, SBB IRIS Re 4-4 421 387 Rheingold and SBB CFF FFS Tilo Flirt RABe 524 015.
Fifth row:
SBB CFF FFS RABe 503 022 Trinational Germany-Switzerland-Italy, SBB cargo International Vectron193-461 and SBB Ae 3-6 II 10439.
Sixth row:
BLS Flirt 3 by Stadler, Rhätische Bahn Capricorn by Stadler and German built Vossloh G2000BB.

No entry in official catalogue

2019 Dutch stamp sheet rail away 1st August 2019:

Postal stationery set of 5 picture postcards and 1 stamp sheet of personalized stamps about the Dutch television series Rail Away.
In this travel programme, striking railway lines from all over the world are shown. Each episode a route is followed along a number of special locations, where the train serves as a guideline. Not only attention is paid to the trains and railway lines themselves, but also to the landscape, cities, culture and history.
Available through Collect Club of the Dutch PostNL company.

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Bernina Express 5th November 2019:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Bernina Express.
The Bernina railway is a single-track 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3/8 in) metre gauge railway line forming part of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). It links the spa resort of St. Moritz, in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, with the town of Tirano, in the Province of Sondrio, Italy, via the Bernina Pass. Reaching a height of 2,253 metres (7,392 ft) above sea level, it is the highest railway crossing in Europe and the third highest railway in Switzerland. It also ranks as the highest adhesion railway of the continent, and – with inclines of up to 7% – as one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world. The height difference on the section between the Bernina Pass and Tirano is 1,824 m (5,984 ft), allowing passengers to see glaciers and palm trees on the same line. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Bullet Train 5th November 2019:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: the Bullet Train.
The Shinkansen (lit. 'new trunk line'), colloquially known in English as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. Initially, it was built to connect distant Japanese regions with Tokyo, the capital, in order to aid economic growth and development. Beyond long-distance travel, some sections around the largest metropolitan areas are used as a commuter rail network. It is operated by five Japan Railways Group companies. Over the Shinkansen's 50-plus year history, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents. The Tokaido Shinkansen began service on 1 October 1964. The conventional Limited Express service took six hours and 40 minutes from Tokyo to Osaka, but the Shinkansen made the trip in just four hours, shortened to three hours and ten minutes by 1965. As of 2014, the train's 50th anniversary, daily passenger traffic had risen to 391,000 which, spread out over its 18-hour schedule, represented an average of just under 22,000 passengers an hour. The first Shinkansen trains, the 0 series, ran at speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph), later increased to 220 km/h (137 mph). The last of these trains, with their classic bullet-nosed appearance, were retired on 30 November 2008. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
5th November 2019:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and five loops to gain altitude. Six diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled service, with daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum – India's highest railway station – and the steam-hauled Red Panda service from Darjeeling to Kurseong. Steam-enthusiast specials are hauled by vintage British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The railway's headquarters are at Kurseong. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Pride of Africa 5th November 2019:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Pride of Africa.
The Pride of Africa is a luxury train which is run by Rovos Rail. It is the world's most luxurious train according to Rovos Rail. It travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Luxemburg viaduct 8th November 2019:

Stamp sheet of personalized stamps issued on the occasion of the international stamp exhibition Multilateral 2019 in Luxemburg. On the edge of the sheet, above the stamps, you can see the Passerelle, also known as Luxemburg viaduct. The bridge is 290 meters long, consists of 24 arches and is located 45 meters above the bottom of the valley.

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Luxemburg viaduct 8th November 2019:

This sheet shows Adolphe Bridge on the stamp on the right.
The Adolphe Bridge is a double-decked arch bridge in Luxemburg City, in southern Luxemburg. The bridge provides a one-way route for road traffic across the Pétrusse, from Boulevard Royal, in Ville Haute, to Avenue de la Liberté, in Gare. Its upper deck is 153 m in length and carries two lanes of road traffic, and two pedestrian footpaths. Its lower deck, opened in 2018, suspended beneath the upper deck, is 154 m in length, and carries a dedicated bidirectional bicycle path, with access provided for pedestrian use. Following the completion of the third phase of the construction of the City Tram Line 1, expected in 2020, the bridge will carry bidirectional tram traffic on its upper deck. [source: wikipedia]
On the edge of the sheet, above the stamps, you can see the Passerelle, also known as Luxemburg viaduct. The bridge is 290 meters long, consists of 24 arches and is located 45 meters above the bottom of the valley.

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Luxemburg viaduct 8th November 2019:

On the edge of the sheet, above the stamps, you can see the Passerelle, also known as Luxemburg viaduct. The bridge is 290 meters long, consists of 24 arches and is located 45 meters above the bottom of the valley.

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2020 Dutch stamp sheet Perurail 21st January 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: PeruRail, a railway operator providing tourist, freight, and charter services in southern Peru. It was founded in 1999 by two Peruvian entrepreneurs and British company Sea Containers. The main line between the port of Matarani, Arequipa, Cusco and Puno on Lake Titicaca was formerly known as the Ferrocarril del Sur, and was for a time owned and operated by the ENAFER state company. It is the third highest railway in the world after the Qinghai–Tibet Railway to Tibet and the FCCA line from Lima to Huancayo, and is the longest line in Peru. From Cusco, PeruRail provides passenger services on the 3 ft (914 mm) gauge Ferrocarril Santa Ana to Aguas Calientes, delivering tourists for Machu Picchu. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2020 Dutch stamp sheet Eastern & Oriental Express 17th February 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Eastern & Oriental Express.
The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxury train that carries passengers between Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. It runs between Singapore's Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, stopping at Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth, and Kanchanaburi, taking three days (two nights). Since 2007 the train has also travelled between Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. The train is operated by Belmond Ltd. It runs several times a month most of the year. [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2019 Dutch stamp sheet Superliner 17th February 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Superliner.
The Superliner is a type of bilevel intercity railroad passenger car used by Amtrak, the national rail passenger carrier in the United States. Amtrak ordered the cars to replace older single-level cars on its long-distance trains in the Western United States. The design was based on the Budd Hi-Level vehicles, employed by the Santa Fe Railway on its El Capitan trains. Pullman-Standard built 284 cars, known as Superliner I, from 1975 to 1981; Bombardier Transportation built 195, known as Superliner II, from 1991 to 1996. The Superliner I cars were the last passenger cars built by Pullman. Car types include coaches, dining cars, lounges, and sleeping cars. Most passenger spaces are on the upper level, which features a row of windows on both sides. The Sightseer Lounge observation cars have distinctive floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper level. Boarding is on the lower level; passengers climb up a center stairwell to access the upper level. The first Superliner I cars entered service in February 1979, with deliveries continuing through 1981. Amtrak assigned the cars to both long-distance and short-distance trains in the Western United States.
[source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2020 Dutch stamp sheet Flamsbana 4th June 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Flåmsbana.
The Flåm Line (Norwegian: Flåmsbana) is a 20.2-kilometer (12.6 mi) long railway line between Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland Municipality, in Vestland county, Norway. A branch line of the Bergen Line, it runs through the valley of Flåmsdalen and connects the mainline with Sognefjord. The line's elevation difference is 866 meters (2,841 ft); it has ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 percent (1:18). Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flåm Line is now almost exclusively a tourist service and has become the third-most visited tourist attraction in Norway. Construction of the line started in 1924, with the line opening in 1940. It allowed the district of Sogn access to Bergen and Oslo via the Bergen Line. Electric traction was taken into use in 1944; at first El 9 locomotives were used, and from 1982 El 11. Until 1991, the train connected with a ferry service from Flåm to Gudvangen. In 1992, freight services were terminated, and due to low ticket prices and high operating costs, the line was nearly closed. In 1998, Flåm Utvikling took over marketing and ticket sale for the line, prices were heavily increased and El 17 locomotives were introduced. The trains remain operated by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB), while the line itself is owned and operated by the Norwegian National Rail Administration.
[source: wikipedia]

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2020 Dutch stamp sheet Flying Scotsman 12th June 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: the Flying Scotsman.
The Flying Scotsman is an express passenger train service that has operated between Edinburgh and London, the capitals of Scotland and England, via the East Coast Main Line. The service began in 1862; the name was officially adopted in 1924. It is currently operated by London North Eastern Railway. The East Coast Main Line over which the Flying Scotsman runs was built in the 19th century by many small railway companies, but mergers and acquisitions led to only three companies controlling the route; the North British Railway (NBR), the North Eastern Railway (NER) and the Great Northern Railway (GNR). In 1860 the three companies established the East Coast Joint Stock for through services using common vehicles, and it is from this agreement that the Flying Scotsman came about.
The Flying Scotsman name has been maintained by the operators of the InterCity East Coast franchise since privatisation of British Rail; the former Great North Eastern Railway even subtitled itself The Route of the Flying Scotsman. The Flying Scotsman was operated by GNER from April 1996 until November 2007, then by National Express East Coast until November 2009, East Coast until April 2015, and Virgin Trains East Coast until June 2018. Since then it has been operated by the government-owned London North Eastern Railway. For the first time in its history, it ran in one direction only: there is no northbound equivalent service. This schedule is maintained today. Northbound, the fastest timetabled London to Edinburgh service now takes 4 hours 19 minutes. LNER's new "Azuma" units (Class 800s and Class 801s) took over the service on 1 August 2019. Since then, this one train is scheduled to run to London in 4 hours exactly. [source: wikipedia]

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2020 Dutch stamp sheet The Ghan 12th June 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: The Ghan.
The Ghan is an Australian passenger train service between the cities of Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway. ' Operated by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, it takes 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres (1,851 mi) with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs. The Ghan is considered to be one of the world's great train journeys. The service's name is an abbreviated version of its previous nickname, The Afghan Express. The nickname is reputed to have been bestowed in 1923 by one of its crews. Some suggest the train's name honours Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the late 19th century to help the British colonisers find a way to reach the country's interior. A contrary view is that the name was a veiled insult. In 1891, the railway from Quorn reached remote Oodnadatta where an itinerant population of around 150 cameleers were based, generically called "Afghans". "The Ghan Express" name originated with train crews in the 1890s as a taunt to officialdom because, when an expensive sleeping car was put on from Quorn to Oodnadatta, "on the first return journey the only passenger was an Afghan", mocking its commercial viability. The Ghan was privatised in 1997 and has since then been operated by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions (formerly known as Great Southern Rail), initially as part of the Serco Group. Great Southern Rail was sold to Allegro Funds, a Sydney investment fund, in March 2015. The train usually runs weekly year-round. The train stops at Adelaide, Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin. Each train has 16 to 38 stainless steel carriages, built by Comeng, Granville, in the late 1960s and early 1970s for the Indian Pacific, plus a motorail wagon. The average length of the train is 774 metres (2,539 ft). A Pacific National NR class locomotive, plus a second locomotive if necessary, usually hauls the train, but occasionally other engines assist, such as an AN class or a DL class locomotive. [source: wikipedia]

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2020, Dutch stamp sheet Rocky Mountaineer 17th July 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: The Rocky Mountaineer.
Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian rail-tour company in Western Canada that operates trains on three rail routes through British Columbia and Alberta. The Rocky Mountaineer began as a weekly VIA Rail daytime service between Calgary, Jasper and Vancouver on June 9, 1988, called the 'Canadian Rockies by Daylight.'. This service was the same as it is today, with an overnight stop in Kamloops. Trains departed Vancouver on Sundays, with trains to Jasper and Calgary (by way of Banff) departing Monday morning. These were express services, with no intermediate stops. Return service began westward on Thursdays from Calgary and Jasper, terminating on Friday in Vancouver. On June 4, 1989, VIA began its second season of the service and renamed the service the 'Rocky Mountaineer.' Scheduling remained the same as the previous season. The final Summer Rocky Mountaineer under VIA branding departed Calgary and Jasper on October 12, 1989, and arrived in Vancouver on October 13. VIA Rail experienced massive reductions in scheduling in 1990, resulting in the Southern transcontinental service being terminated. Service on the Rocky Mountaineer continued through the winter of 1990, being removed from schedules and marketing in May 1990. After the sale of the branding in 1990, the current company was founded by the Armstrong Group in 1990, and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It ran its first train on May 27, 1990. It is the busiest privately owned passenger rail service in North America, having transported over one million passengers since 1990. [source: wikipedia]

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2020, Dutch stamp sheet Tren a las Nübes 23rd September 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Tren a las Nübes.
The Tren a las Nubes (English: Train to the Clouds) is a tourist train service in Salta Province of Argentina. The service runs along the eastern part of the Salta–Antofagasta railway line of the Belgrano Railway (also known as the "C-14" line) that connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range, over 4,220 metres (13,850 ft) above mean sea level, the fifth highest railway in the world. Originally built for economic and social reasons, it is now primarily of interest to tourists as a heritage railway, though cheaper tickets are also available for locals to use the train as transport.
The railway line has 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals and 2 zigzags. Because of the design decision not to use a rack-and-pinion for traction, the route had to be designed to avoid steep grades. The zigzags allow the train to climb up driving back and forth parallel to the slope of the mountain. It departs from Salta every Saturday at 07:05, and returns around midnight, though most tourists simply do the 8-hour one-way trip and return by other means. The train is composed of a dining carriage, bar carriage, a first aid area and two passenger carriages with room for 170 people, though this is expected to increase to 400 over time. Currently, the train leaves Salta station for the 15-hour, 434-kilometre (270 mile) round trip to the Polvorilla viaduct, located 4,220 m (13,850 ft) above sea level.
[source: wikipedia]

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2020, Dutch stamp sheet Venice Simplon-Oriënt Express 17th November 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: The Venice Simplon-Oriënt Express.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) is a private luxury train service from London to Venice and other European cities. It is currently owned by Belmond, which operates 45 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruises in 24 countries. It was agreed in December 2018 for the service to be acquired by LVMH in a transaction initially expected to close in the first half of 2019. These VSOE services are not to be confused with a regularly scheduled train called the Orient Express, which ran nightly between Paris and Bucharest - in the last years of operation cut back to between Strasbourg and Vienna - until 11 December 2009. This latter service was a normal EuroNight sleeper train and was the lineal descendant of the regular Orient Express daily departure from Paris to Vienna and the Balkans. While this descendant train was primarily used for every sort of passengers to Central and Eastern Europe, applying only the standard international train fares, the VSOE train is aimed at tourists looking to take a luxury train ride. Fares on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are high as the service is intended not as an ordinary rail service, but as a leisure event with five-star dining included. The train was established in 1982 by James Sherwood of Kentucky, USA. In 1977 he had bought two original carriages at an auction when the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits withdrew from the Orient Express service, passing the service on to the national railways of France, Germany, and Austria. Over the next few years, Sherwood spent a total of US$16 million purchasing 35 sleeper, restaurant and Pullman carriages. On 25 May 1982, the first London–Venice run was made. The VSOE has separate restored carriages for use in the UK and for mainland Europe, but all of the same vintage (mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s). Passengers are conveyed across the English Channel by coach on the Eurotunnel shuttle through the Channel Tunnel. In the UK Pullman carriages are used; in continental Europe sleeping cars and dining cars of the former Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits are used. Sleeper carriages have a range of accommodation available including Grand Suites, Cabin Suites, Twin Cabins and Single cabins. [source: wikipedia]

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2020, Dutch stamp sheet Eurostar 17th November 2020:

PostNL published a series of stamp sheets focusing on 25 unique train routes around the world, among others: Eurostar.
Eurostar is an international high-speed rail service connecting the United Kingdom with France, Belgium and the Netherlands. All Eurostar trains travel through the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France, which is owned and operated separately by Getlink. The London terminus is St Pancras International, the other British calling points are Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International in Kent. Intermediate calling points in France are Calais-Fréthun and Lille-Europe, with trains to Paris terminating at Gare du Nord. Trains to Belgium and the Netherlands serve Midi/Zuid station in Brussels, Rotterdam Centraal, before terminating at Amsterdam Centraal. Additionally, in France there are direct services from London to Disneyland Paris and seasonal direct services to southern France (Lyon, Avignon and Marseille) in summer, and to the French Alps in winter. The service is operated by eleven Class 373/1 trainsets with eighteen-coaches and seventeen Class 374 trainsets with sixteen-coaches which run at up to 320 kilometres per hour (199 mph) on high-speed lines. The LGV Nord high-speed line in France opened before Eurostar services began in 1994, and newer lines enabling faster journeys were added later—HSL 1 in Belgium and High Speed 1 in south-east England. The French and Belgian parts of the network are shared with Paris–Brussels Thalys services and TGV trains. Eurostar is operated by Eurostar International Limited (EIL), which is owned by the national railway of France, SNCF (55%), investment firms (40%), and the National Railway Company of Belgium (5%). [source: wikipedia]

Catalogue of personalized stamps from The Netherlands: ??

2020, Dutch Christmas stamp with train December 2020:

Christmas stamp (reduced price) with a Rhätische Bahn train.

No entry in official catalogue


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