Issue Date: 18/06/2013
Issue Name: Classic Locos of Northern Ireland - No.103 Thomas Somerset
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2013 saw us celebrate the Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland. Period photos of steam locomotives were selected using both black and white and colour imagery to produce these stunning stamps. This is the third in the series of miniature sheets celebrating steam locomotives in use in each of the home counties, this time featuring Northern Ireland.
Our beautiful cover features a superb illustration of a Class W NCC/UTA No.103 'Thomas Somerset' by renowned rail artist John Wigston. This cover features the four stamps torn from the Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland miniature sheet along with our Belfast postmark, and is available signed by renowned railway artiist John Wigston.
Class W NCC/UTA No.103 'Thomas Somerset'
The Northern Counties Committee (NCC) Moguls, 15 in number, were designed under the supervision of the company locomotive engineer H P Stewart and built between 1933 - 1942. Being a constituent of the British London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) there was a strong Derby influence. At first the tenders were of Midland Railway design but eventually they were given the later Stanier LMS tenders. Originally painted LMS/NCC crimson, they acquired a new black livery when the Ulster Transport Authority took over the transport system of Ulster in 1948. They finished their last working years on the former Great Northern Railway routes to Dublin and Derry, the last surviving until 1965.
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Sir John Wigston is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists and has signed this lovely cover for us.