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175th Anniversary of the Great Western Railway Stamp Sheet

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Great Western Railway 175th: limited edition mint stamp sheet (not signed, not mounted) £35.00 Sold Out
175th Anniversary of Gods Wonderful Railway (GWR) Signed Bernard Cribbins £45.00 Sold Out

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  • Commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway
  • Limited edition of just 500 sheets
  • Available signed by Bernard Cribbins

Issue Date: 05/07/2010

Issue Name: 175th Anniversary of the Great Western Railway Stamp Sheet

Producer: Buckingham Covers


Featuring the work of two renowned railway artists, this superb stamp sheet has been heralded as one of our finest. But then only the best will do for God's Wonderful Railway's 175 birthday! Features 2 magnificent paintings by the great Terence Cuneo, "railway painter of the century" and a painting of Brunel by today's leading artist, John Wigston, member of the Guild of Railway Artists. Strict limited edition of just 500.


  • Commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway
  • Limited edition of just 500 sheets
  • Available signed by Bernard Cribbins


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Great Western Railway: a potted history

The original Great Western Railway was built by I K Brunel to a 7’ gauge and ran from Paddington to Bristol and Exeter. Its trains were, at one time, the fastest in the world.

Eventually the GWR reached the far west of England and South Wales and north to Birmingham, Chester and Birkenhead. Commercial considerations led to the abolition of the broad gauge in 1892 but by 1905 the GWR was on top again developing locomotive designs that were many years ahead of its rivals.

When the railways were nationalised in 1948 the GWR was the only company to have kept its separate existence since being first set up.


What are Stamp Sheets?

A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the firework stamps in this GWR 175th sheet example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don’t want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some frame them for the wall.


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Total number of sheets printed: 500


Bernard began his professional career at the age of 14 as a student at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, remaining there for eight years with a break to do his National service in the Parachute Regiment! From Oldham he went onto work in rep at Manchester, Liverpool and Hornchurch.


First West End appearance was in 1956 at the Arts Theatre playing the two Gromios in A COMEDY OF ERRORS; this was followed by leading roles in the West End in HARMONY CLOSE, THE LADY AT THE WHEEL, NEW CRANKS, THE BIG TICKLE and HOOK, LINE AND SINKER. He co starred in the revue AN ANOTHER THING at the Fortune Theatre, and made a number one with a song from the show entitled 'Folksong'. He went on to top the charts with 'Hole in the Ground' and 'Right Said Fred'.

He co starred in the first productions of NOT NOW DARLING, THERE GOES THE BRIDE and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE all in the West End. The latter re opened the Shaftesbury Theatre as the 'Theatre of Comedy'.

He played Nathan Detroit in the National Theatre's production of GUYS AND DOLLS and Moonface Martin in ANYTHING GOES with Elaine Paige at the Prince Edward Theatre. He played Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY at the Houston Opera House, USA and Watty Watkins in Gershwin's LADY BE GOOD at the Open Air, Regent's Park and on tour.

Bernard returned to the National Theatre to play Otto, the magician in LA GRANDE MAGIA by Eduardo de Filippo, directed by Richard Eyre.

Bernard's numerous pantomime roles include Ada the Cook in DICK WHITTINGTON at Wimbledon, Leeds and Richmond; Widow Twankey in ALADDIN at Richmond; and Hans Anderson in THE SNOW QUEEN at Guildford.


Mutley in BLACKBALL, directed by Mel Smith; Mr Perks in THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award; THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW and TWO WAY STRETCH with Peter Sellers; THE WATER BABIES with James Mason; CARRY ON JACK, CARRY ON SPYING and CARRY ON COLUMBUS; CROOKS IN CLOISTERS.


Grandad (regular) in DR WHO; Frank (regular) in DOWN TO EARTH for BBC TV; Wally Bannister in CORONATION STREET for Granada TV; Gavin in LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE for BBC; Frank Purves in BARBARA for Carlton TV; Uncle Henry in an episode of DALZIEL AND PASCOE for BBC; 'Hands Across the Sea' playlet in TONIGHT AT 8.30 for the BBC with Joan Collins; WHEN WE ARE MARRIED for the BBC; THE SHILLINGBURY TINKER and THE SHILLINGBURY MIRACLE, from which the series CUFFY developed; title role in DANGEROUS DAVIS - THE LAST DETECTIVE; two series of LANGLEY BOTTOM for Yorkshire TV; HIGH AND DRY for Yorkshire TV.

Bernard's voice is very well known in numerous BBC radio plays, audio books and commercials, and, of course, as all the voices of THE WOMBLES.

In 2009 Bernard received the Special Award at the BAFTA for his contribution to children's television.

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