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2008 Nene Valley Railway Christmas issue, depicting Father Christmas and a train.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
About the Nene Valley Railway
In 1957, the Talyllyn Railway became the first UK railway to issue its own railway letter stamps. Such labels performed a postal function, paying for the carriage of mail via the railway’s own letter delivery service, and were also popular as souvenirs for the railway’s visitors. Subsequently, many other preserved railways followed suit with their own issues.
The Nene Valley Railway was a comparatively late starter, producing its first issue in 1986, though the railway itself only began running its passenger services in 1977. The present line, extended in 1986, runs for 7.5 miles from Peterborough to Yarwell.
As the Railway Philatelic Group notes, changes to the agreement between the Royal Mail, British Rail and independent railways – most recently in 1998 – has seen the number of railways offering a letter service dwindle. As of 2022, only the Talyllyn Railway, Ffestiniog Railway and Nene Valley Railway are understood to still be running a railway letter service; the latter continues to produce several new issues each year.
For details of all past Nene Valley Railway issues, see the excellent Philatelic Compendium website.