StampNews.com is glad to inform that Croatian Post is to release a special stamp issue dedicated to its locomotives. This issue consist of two stamps that are to be put into circulation on the 1st of October. On the items two kinds of locomotives are depicted.
The period of steam locomotives in Croatia lasted for 126 years, between 1860 – when through Croatian territory railway traffic was established between Kotoriba and Čakovec, as part of the railway track Budapest - Nagykanizsa– Pragersko – and 1988 when the last steam locomotive was withdrawn from traffic.
In that period railway traffic in Croatia was operated with the total of 83 series of steam locomotives, built throughout the world. This is due to the fact that throughout history the jurisdiction over building railway tracks and managing the railway system were in hands of different railway managements that procured tow vehicles in accordance with their own traffic policies.
In Croatian territory the locomotives were used in passenger and cargo traffic for more than 70 years, until 23 September 1988, when from the railway station Pakrac the locomotive JŽ 51-144 towed the last train and so marked the end of steam towing in Croatia.