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Dutch overseas territory stamps about railways
The Netherlands' former colonies and present day overseas territories:
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Netherlands Indies
Dutch colony till 1948.

Netherlands East Indies


1925

Railway Company stamp.

Designer:
print:
paper:
Glue:
Watermark: no
Value:
Perforation:

Not in official catalogue



Netherlands East Indies Railway Company stamp

1933 - 1937

Queen Wilhelmina. The stamps show a goods waggon on the dockside and a railway viaduct.

             

Designer: Ir. A. Kreisler
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no, except: NVPH 253-265: horizontal rings
Values: 10, 12½, 15, 20, 25, 30, 32½, 35, 40, 42½, 50, 60, 80 cents, 1, 1,70 , 2, 2,50 , 5 guilders
Perforation: L12½
Valid till: 30 - 6 - 1941 (12½, 32½, 42½ cents, 1,75 , 2,50 , guilders) / 31 - 12 - 1945 (rest)

Catalogue numbers:

Stanley Gibbons 334 - 345 - 348 - 349 - 350 - 352 - 353 - 354 - 355 - 356 - 357 - 358 - 359 - 403 - 404 - 405 - 408 - 414 - 415 /
Michel 193 - 214 - 215 - 216 - 217 - 218 - 219 - 220 - 221 - 222 - 223 - 224 - 225 - 226 - 227 - 228 /
Yvert Tellier ? - 169 - 188 - 189 - 190 - 191 - 192 - 193 - 194 - 195 - 196 - 197 - 198 - 199 - 200 - 201 /
NVPH 181 -195 - 196 - 197 - 198 - 199 - 200 - 201 - 202 - 203 - 204 - 205 - 206 - 207 - 208 - 209 -210 - 253 - 254 - 255 - 256 - 257 - 258 - 259 - 260 - 261 - 262 - 263 - 264 - 265



Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct
Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina with goods wagon and railway viaduct




2-12-1940

Queen Wilhelmina overprinted Red Cross.

Designer: Ir. A. Kreisler
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Values: 10 + 5 cents
Perforation: L12½
Valid till: 30 - 6 - 1941
Circulation: 500,000

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 428 / Michel 287 / Yvert Tellier 284 / NVPH 273



Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina overprinted Red Cross




1946

Railway bridge at Sukabumi.
The strategic location of the city of Sukabumi between Batavia and Bandung and the crops that the soil yielded to the Dutch East Indies government have contributed a lot to the construction of the railway line from Buitenzorg (Bogor) to the city of Sukabumi. The railway was built in 1882 by the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (N.I.S.) and became the distribution artery in the transport of products such as tea, coffee and quinine to the port of Tandjong Priok in Batavia.

Designer: Jan Staal
print: Nederlandsch Indische Gouvernementsdrukkerij, Melbourne
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: crown
Values: 1 cent
Perforation: K14½ : 14
Valid till: 31 - 12 - 1949

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 484 / Michel 333 / Yvert Tellier 298 / NVPH 317



Netherlands East Indies stamp with railway bridge at Soekaboemi




1947

Railway bridge at Sukabumi overprinted.

Designer: Jan Staal
print: Nederlandsch Indische Gouvernementsdrukkerij, Melbourne
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: crown
Values: 4 cents on 1 cent
Perforation: K14½ : 14
Valid till: 31 - 12 - 1949

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 504 / Michel 340 / Yvert Tellier 305 / NVPH 324



Netherlands East Indies stamp with railway bridge at Soekaboemi overprinted




1947

Queen Wilhelmina overprinted.

Designer: Ir. A. Kreisler
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Values: 45 cents on 60 cents
Perforation: K14½ : 14
Valid till: 31 - 12 - 1949
Circulation: 495,850

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 505 / Michel 341 / Yvert Tellier 310 / NVPH 325



Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina overprinted




1947

Queen Wilhelmina overprinted.

Designer: Ir. A. Kreisler
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Values: 12½, 25, 50, 80 cents
Perforation: K14½ : 14
Valid till: 31 - 12 - 1949
Circulation: NVPH 326: 2,975,600; 327: 589,800; 329: 388,900; 330: 284,750

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 506 - 507 - 509 - 510 / Michel 342 - 343 - 345 - 346 / Yvert Tellier / NVPH 326 - 327 - 329 - 330



Netherlands East Indies stamps with Queen Wilhelmina overprinted
Netherlands East Indies stamps with Queen Wilhelmina overprinted




1948

Queen Wilhelmina overprinted.

Designer: Ir. A. Kreisler
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Values: 15 on 10 cents
Perforation: K14½ : 14
Valid till: 31 - 11 - 1948
Circulation: 495,252

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 513 / Michel 349 / Yvert Tellier 314 / NVPH 333



Netherlands East Indies stamp with Queen Wilhelmina overprinted




Netherlands Antilles
Dutch colony till 2010.


5 - 12 - 1955

Petroleum Refinery in Aruba with railway lines.

Designer: E. Bartels
print: offset, Johan Enschedé
paper:
Glue:
Watermark: no
Value: 25 cents
Perforation: L 12¼

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 353 / Michel 51 / Yvert Tellier 244 / NVPH 256



Netherlands Antilles stamps with Aruba Oil Refinery




26 - 6 - 1992

Willemstad harbour, container port with railway track. Below the stamps there are two maximum cards with the subject.

Designer: Humphrey C. Elisabeth
print: offset, Johan Enschedé
paper:
Glue:
Watermark: no
Value: 80 and 125 cents
Perforation: K14 : 12¾

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons / Michel 752-753 / Yvert Tellier 929-930 / NVPH 1006-1007



Netherlands Antilles stamps with Willemstad harbour, container port with railway track

Netherlands Antilles maximum card with Willemstad harbour, container port with railway track

Netherlands Antilles maximum card with Willemstad harbour, container port with railway track





27 - 4 - 2004

Diesel locomotive 1977. First stamp of a series of 6 stamps.

Designer: Robert A. Willems
print: offset, Johan Enschedé
paper: non-phosphorescent
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 10 cents
Perforation: K13¼ : 12¾

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons / Michel 1286 / Yvert Tellier 1437 / NVPH 1507



Netherlands Antilles stamp with diesel locomotive 1977




Surinam
Dutch colony till 1975.


November 1945.

From a set of 9:
Goods waggon at bauxite mine in Mungo;
Mine truck at a gold mine;
Steam sugar-cane train.

Mungo was founded in the early 20th century, after the Surinaamsche Bauxiet Maatschappij (SBM) discovered recoverable reserves of bauxite in the area in 1916. The SBM, later renamed Suriname Aluminum Company (Suralco), was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). Initially, Mungo was only accessible via the river. The Cotticariver was made navigable for sea-going vessels that came to Mungo to collect the bauxite. In 1922, the first bauxite was exported to Trinidad to be shipped from there to the United States. Mungo had a harbour with a basin, where the ships could turn.

Gold mining companies were still active at Benzdorp in the 1950s. These activities were also discontinued due to the persistently low gold price. A second gold rush occurred after 1970 as a result of the rapid rise in the gold price. The government introduced a mining method using sand dredgers operating from pontoons (skalians) on the river. The Internal War disrupted these activities from 1986. Gold mining was then largely controlled by the Jungle Command, which had an important source of income from it. After the war, small-scale extraction remained active in the 1990s, partly due to the difficult economic situation. In the twenty-first century, a larger-scale gold industry also emerged, so that the second gold rush in 2020 is still ongoing.

For two hundred years, sugar cane was the most important agricultural crop in Suriname. In the mid-1970s, Mariënburg plantation remained with an area of 2300 hectares, until it also stopped its activities in 1986.

Designer:-
print: American Bank Note Co, New York
paper:
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 1 cent, 5 cents, 7½ cents
Perforation: L 12

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 313 - 319 - 321 / Michel 241 - 247 - 249 / Yvert Tellier 207 - 213 - 215 / NVPH 220 - 226 - 228



Surinam stamp with goods waggon at bauxite mine in Moengo
Surinam stamp with mine truck at a gold mine in Lore
Surinam stamp with steam sugar-cane train




23 - 7 - 1945.

Steam sugar-cane train overprinted.


Designer:-
print: American Bank Note Co, New York
paper:
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 7½ cents + 5 cents
Perforation: L 12

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 307 / Michel 268 / Yvert Tellier / NVPH 214



Surinam stamp with steam sugar-cane train overprinted




9 - 8 - 1950

Steam sugar-cane train overprinted.
And the last day cover for this stamp: 31-12-1962.

Designer:-
print: American Bank Note Co, New York
paper:
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 7½ cents + 1 cent
Perforation: L 12

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 383 / Michel 319 / Yvert Tellier / NVPH 284



Surinam stamp with steam sugar-cane train overprinted

Surinam last day cover  with steam sugar-cane train overprinted




9 - 10 - 1965

Diesel locomotive and side-dump trucks at the Mungo bauxite mine.
First of a set of 4.
The first day cover is also shown here.

Design: after photographs by Suralco (Surinam Aluminium Company)
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: photogravure
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 10 cents
Perforation: K 13¼ : 12½
Circulation: 273,632

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 563 / Michel 474 / Yvert Tellier 412 / NVPH 427



Surinam stamp with diesel locomotive and side-dump trucks at the Moengo bauxite mine

Surinam FDC with diesel locomotive and side-dump trucks at the Moengo bauxite mine




12 - 12 - 1973

Surinam Stamp Centenary.
Third of a set of 3.
Postal transport among others by train.

Design: P. Slengard)
print: Johan Enschedé
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 30 cents
Perforation: K 12½ : 13¼
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 764 / Michel 665 / Yvert Tellier 590 / NVPH 615



Surinam stamp commemorating Surinam Stamp Centenary

Surinam FDC commemorating Surinam Stamp Centenary




1973

First Day Cover: Child Care Stamps


Design: Bradbury Wilkinson & Cy
print: Bradbury Wilkinson & Cy, New Malden.
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 30 cents
Perforation: K 14 : 14¾
Circulation: -

Catalogue number: NVPH E101



Surinam First Day Cover: Child Care Stamps



Aruba
Part of the Netherlands Antilles till 2010, when it became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

02-06-2009

From a sheetlet about global warming: steamlocos on the 250c stamp.



Design:
print: Joh. Enschedé.
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 250 cents
Perforation: K 14 : 12¾
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 439c / Michel 445 / Yvert Tellier 430 / NVPH 423



2009, NVPH: 423, stamp Aruba global warMichelng



13-11-2015

From a series of six stamps with Aruban Touristic Spots: a local tram.

The Oranjestad tramline is a single-track tram line in the capital city of Aruba. The line is the first and so far the only passenger rail service on the island and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean, and the second of any kind, after an industrial branch that was closed in 1960. It was inaugurated on 22 December 2012, seven days after the arrival of the first single-deck car. Regular service started on 19 February 2013. The second car, an open-top double-decker, was delivered in June 2013. The heritage style streetcars were designed and manufactured by TIG/m Modern Street Railways in California, USA. The line operates daily.
The line starts from a balloon loop near the Port of Call and serves the downtown area with a route along Schelpstraat, Havenstraat and Caya Betico Croes, the main road, which is open to pedestrians only. Between Rancho and Plaza Chipi Chipi, eastbound trams (towards Plaza Nicky) run via Schelpstraat, and westbound ones (towards Port of Call), run via Havenstraat. It ends at Plaza Nicky, with a stop also located on a loop. There are a total of 9 stops situated approximately 200 metres (660 ft) apart from each other. The depot is located between the stops at Port of Call and Rancho.

Design:
print: Joh. Enschedé.
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 250 cents
Perforation: K 14 : 12¾
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons 868 / Michel 913 / Yvert Tellier 887 / NVPH 852



2015, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: tram



30-11-2018

From a series of five stamps about sustainable energy: a local tram.

The Oranjestad Streetcar (Dutch: Tram van Oranjestad) is a single-track tram line in Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba. It is owned and operated by Arubus, the national public transportation company. It was built as a key component of a larger project to upgrade the main retail areas of the town.
The fleet is composed of 4 streetcars: 2 single-decker (green and orange) and 2 open-top double-decker (blue and red) cars. The vehicles, assembled by TIG/m in Chatsworth, USA, use hydrail technology: they are powered by batteries augmented by hydrogen fuel cells.

Design:
print: Joh. Enschedé.
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 220 cents
Perforation: K 14 : 12¾
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons / Michel 1065 / Yvert Tellier 1045 / NVPH 1014



2018, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: tram



30-11-2020

The Aruba phosphate Company.

Phosphate was extracted in Aruba at Seroe Colorado and Seroe Culebra from 1880 to 1895. The Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij employed about 300 people. Phosphoric acid is mainly used in fertilizer production, in detergents, anti-rust agents and in small quantities in soft drinks such as cola. Phosphates were discovered at Seroe Colorado and Seroe Colebra around 1873. In 1879 the "Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij" (APM) was founded. Machinery, locomotives, rails and other supplies were imported. From the activity on the island especially the port of San Nicolas benefited. The port developed into a modern port. The phosphate appeared on the surface in layers up to a depth of almost six meters. Later, phosphate was also found at greater depths. Between the mines and the bay of San Nicolas there was a narrow railway on which a small locomotive pulled long rows of cars with phosphate. In the early 1880s, the first cargo of Aruban phosphate was shipped to England. Later, the price of phosphate on the world market fell because phosphate was mined in several other countries as well. In 1894 production was already a lot less and the company could not continue. The mines were closed in 1895. In total, the Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij exported more than 446,445 tons of phosphate.

Design: Rogelio Montero
print: Joh. Enschedé.
paper: offset
Glue: ?
Watermark: no
Value: 90, 130, 220 and 320 cents
Perforation:
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: Stanley Gibbons / Michel / Yvert Tellier / NVPH



2020, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: Phosphate Mining History
2020, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: Phosphate Mining History
2020, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: Phosphate Mining History
2020, NVPH: -, stamp Aruba: Phosphate Mining History


Curaçao
Dutch colony till 2010, when it became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

12-04-2012: History of Railway transportation in Curaçao

This sheet issued by the island's Nieuwe Post N.V.(=Ltd.) shows the history of rail travel in the island of Curaçao.
The 200c stamp shows dumping cars at Tafelberg, where a phosphate Mine was exploited by John Godden who leased Tafelberg mountain from plantation owner Cornelis Gorsira. Godden also built a wharf at Fuikbay near the Mine. To haul the mineral from the mine to the wharf an inclined-plane, double track railway was built where donkeys used to haul the dumping cars. In 1887 Godden shut the mine after a dispute over concession taxes with the government. In 1910 the mine was reopened by a new company: The Curaçao Mining Co.
The 300c stamp shows a gasoline powered Plymouth 4-tonner loco manufactured in Ohio, which was purchased by the company in the 1930s. It is one of the early series of locos of the Curaçao Michelning Company.
The 250c stamp shows the horse-drawn tram in Punda. In the 19th century Curaçao became a major trading centre where ships moored at Schottegat harbour to buy coal. In the 1880s there was need for a transportation system to get people from their homes to wharfs and businesses, since Waaigat bay separated the districts Punda, Otrabanda en Scharloo from each other. Two bridges, Queen Emma Bridge across St. Anna Bay and Van den Brandhof bridge across Waaigat Bay, and a few ferries shortened travelling times. A horse-drawn tram, a light two-axle vehicle with two bench seats and boarding steps for standing passengers, offered an hourly service along a one kilometre route: the tram set out from Queen Emma Bridge, ran along Breedestraat in Otrabanda and then arrived at the Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The 350c stamp shows the motor tram at Otrabanda, which was introduced in Curaçao in 1910. The Curaçao Tramway Service was operated by Mr de Sola and Mr Cardoze. The 30 gallon gasoline powered tram was made in Great Britain. The seven transverse seat could accommodate 35 passengers and a few more could stand on the steps. It ran at a maximum speed of 15 kilometres per hour. The gasoline can was located under one of the car seats and the muffer was on the roof of the tram. In 1920 the line was closed and taken over by a bus service, due wear because of hard usage and lack of spare parts.
So in 1920 35 years of railway transport in Curaçao was over.

Furthermore you see the FDC for a stamp sheet issued by the island's Nieuwe Post N.V.(=Ltd.) showing the history of rail travel in the island of Curaçao. Issued 12 April 2012.

Design: Richmond Gijsbertha
print: BJohan Enschedé Stamps Security Printers, Haarlem, The Netherlands
paper: offset coated stamp paper
Glue: synthetic
Watermark: no
Value: 200 + 250 + 300 + 350 cents = 11 Curaçao Guilders
Perforation: 13¾ : 14
Size of stamps: 30 x 40 mm / 40 x 20 mm
Size of souvenir sheet: 110 x 110 mm
Circulation: -

Catalogue numbers: sheet: Stanley Gibbons 1205 / Michel 6 / Yvert Tellier 5 / NVPH 77
Catalogue numbers: stamps: Stanley Gibbons 1205a-1205d / Michel 92-95 / Yvert Tellier 5a-5d / NVPH 77a-77d



Curaçao stamp sheet with the history of Railway transportation in Curaçao

Curaçao fdc with the history of Railway transportation in Curaçao



St. Maarten
Formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles till 2010, when it became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.



No stamps with railway related subjects yet.



Carribean Netherlands (Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire)
Formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, and Dutch municipalities since 2010.



No stamps with railway related subjects yet.




Latest update on 30-05-2021.

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