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Royal Mail celebrates British locomotive heritage

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On the 50th Anniversary of the building of British Rail's last steam locomotive 'Evening Star' Royal Mail take a look back at the glory days of steam power.

The stamps illustrate locomotives from the five companies that were collected together into British Rail in 1948, the Great Western Railway, London Midland and Scottish Railway, London North Eastern Railway, Southern Railway and the Northern counties Committee of Northern Ireland together with the British Rail Class 9F locomotive 'Evening Star'.

This is the first in a series of stamp issues to celebrate British locomotive heritage. From 2011 a series of miniature sheets will commemorate classic locomotives of the UK.

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