Issue Date: 19/06/2012
Issue Name: 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens Railway Special
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Charles Dickens' name has been used for various locomotives throughout the history of rail travel. The BR Brittania Class, LNWR George V Class and LNWR Jumbo Class are all depicted on this cover. The development and expansion of the railways in the 19th century enabled people to go faster and further than ever before, changing the face of travel forever. This lovely cover is available with either the 6 Charles Dickens stamps, or the 4 Charles Dickens stamps torn from the minature sheet along wih a Staplehurst, Kent postmark.
On 9th June 1865 Dickens was involved in a train crash near Staplehurst. Ten people died and a further forty were injured in the accident.
The Folkestone Boat Express, arriving earlier than expected, was unaware of a 42 foot gap over the bridge where workmen were repairing the track. Dickens' carriage was left hanging from the bridge.
He is remembered for his heroism in the event, helping to rescue the two ladies who travelled with him and tending to the injured and the dying. Deeply affected by his experience, he was nervous when travelling by train; avoiding train travel if at all possible. Dickens died five years to the day after the accident.
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