Talyllyn Railway 2024 “The 75 Appeal” Miniature Sheet (25c/p x4, U/M)

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Talyllyn Railway miniature sheet from March 2024, featuring four different 25c/p stamps but sold for £2 to raise funds for the railway’s “75 Appeal”.

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Talyllyn Railway miniature sheet from March 2024, featuring four different 25c/p stamps but sold for £2 to raise funds for the railway’s “75 Appeal”.

Coinciding with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Talyllyn becoming “the world’s first preserved railway”, the appeal aims to secure grants and raise funds that will allow the railway to invest in new engineering and maintenance facilities, as well as improving public access and attractions. The designs of the stamps showcase these various aspirations.

More information about The 75 Appeal is available here.

U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.

About the Talyllyn Railway

In 1957, the narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway in mid Wales became the first UK railway to issue its own railway letter stamps. Such labels were immediately popular as souvenirs for the railway’s visitors, but also performed a postal function, paying for the carriage of mail via the railway’s own letter delivery service.

As the Railway Philatelic Group explains, however, subsequent 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 2024, the Talyllyn Railway remains one of only three UK railways still running a letter service, with current issues available from the shop at Tywyn Wharf, and the most recent new issue released in May 2024. The other active railway letter services are understood to be the Ffestiniog Railway and the Nene Valley Railway.

For details of all Talyllyn issues, see the excellent Philatelic Compendium website.

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