Issue Date: 01/02/2011
Issue Name: Classic Locomotives of England - BR WD 'Austerity'
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The first of Royal Mail's four "Classic Locomotives" issues, the Classic Locomotives of England sees us celebrate four of the most iconic and well known English locomotives. Here we celebrate the BR WD 'Austerity' in all its glory. With a set of Royal Mail's Classic Locomotives of England stamps and a specially designed "Classic Locomotives", Sherringham postmark (01/02/2011). Featuring original artwork by fantastic railway artist John Wigston. A lasting tribute to a locomotive legend
BR WD 'Austerity'
Last in our series of four, this cover celebrates the BR WD 'Austerity'. During the Second World War heavy freight ‘Austerity’ locomotives were built for military service. Before the Normandy Landings, the army had very little use for these locomotives, so they were loaned to the ‘Big Four’ railway companies. After June 1944, ‘Austerity’ locomotives were shipped out to France. Eventually British Rail had 733 of these locomotives.
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Sir John Wigston is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists and has signed this lovely cover for us.