Issue Date: 08/03/2012
Issue Name: Classic Locomotives of Scotland / Great Little Trains of Wales
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Continuing with their locomotives series, 2012 is Royal Mail's Classic Locomotives of Scotland year, featuring four of the most iconic locos that have travelled the lines in Scotland. This cover features Royal Mail's Classic Locomotive of Scotland stamps torn from the miniature sheet, which we have put on our Great Little Trains of Wales cover, and it has a Tywyn, Gwynedd postmark.
Brecon Mountain Railway
The Brecon Mountain Railway was conceived over 30 years ago when a search started to find a site to operate a steam tourist railway using various locomotives and equipment collected from Europe and further afield. Merthyr Tydfil seemed ideal - located on the edge of the Breacon Beacons National Park with its beautiful mountain, lake and forest and most of the earlier railways used used iron rolled by it's mills. It also witnessed in 1804 the trial run of the Trevithick locomotive - the first steam railway engine.
The Talyllyn Railway starts from Tywyn on the mid west coast. Opened in 1865, the line - which is narow guage powered by coal fired steam locomotives - was built to carry slate from quarries in he hills. The engineer was James Swinton Spooner, elder brother of Charles Easton Spooner, who had introduced steam to the Ffestiniog Railway.
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