Netherlands – Trains and Routes – The Ghan and The Flying Dutchman
With the personal stamps from the Trains & Tracks series, PostNL pays extensive attention to unique train routes around the world. Last week the stamp sheets about The Ghan and the Flying Scotsman, 2 famous rail connections in Australia and Great Britain, appeared.
25 stamp sheets
More stamps from this series will be released later this year: about the Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver-Jasper), PeruRail (Cusco-Machu Picchu), Eurostar (Paris-London) and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Paris-Istanbul). A total of 25 stamp sheets will be published in the 2019-2022 series in the Trains & Tracks series. Each stamp sheet costs € 7.50. Subscribers receive 2 new stamp sheets every quarter. Subscribers receive the Flevolijn stamp sheet as a first delivery. And with the second delivery the accompanying storage album as a gift.
The Ghan is a train ride right through the middle of Australia. The Great Southern Rail’s train runs from Adelaide in South Australia through the outback at Alice Springs and ends in Darwin in the Northern Territory. The name The Ghan is derived from the Afghan camels that used to be the main means of transport in this part of Australia.
The Flying Scotsman drives the London-Edinburgh route in Great Britain. This train connection has been operational since 1862. The name Flying Scotsman dates from 1928. Flying Scotsman is also the name of one of the most famous locomotives in the world. It was built in 1923 and fully restored by the National Railway Museum between 2006 and 2016.
Armchair travelers and train enthusiasts
The Trains & Tracks series with personal stamps was designed by graphic designer Sandra Smulders from Gouda. The stamps are intended for both armchair travelers and train enthusiasts. “That is why I regularly zoom in on the details of the equipment in the design,” says Smulders. “Such as special locomotives or the beautiful interior of some wagons. When I started this design, I didn’t know much about trains. Now much more. It certainly triggered me to make such a fantastic trip myself. ”