Isle of Man Railways

34410 | 01.05.2010 | £29.99

Printed by Royal Mail.
Isle of Man Railways Isle of Man Railways
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1st May 2010
Isle of Man Railways Stamp Sheet (Smilers®)
A G Bradbury , Isle of Man 4
The sheet is limited to 500 numbered copies.

This stamp sheet not only features ten of the new Isle of Man railway and tramway stamps issued on 24th June 2010 (all six designs), but also designs from ten of the previous issues featuring trains - the first time they have been represented in this format.  This sheet is sure to be a collectors' item for both Isle of Man and Railway enthusiasts - and limited to only 500 sheets.

The Isle of Man railway is now marketed under the title of "Isle of Man Steam Railway," which is owned and operated by Isle of Man Transport as part of the Department of Tourism and Leisure of the Isle of Man Government. It had previously been marketed as simply "Isle of Man Railway" until closure in 1965. From 1969 to 1972, it operated as the grand "Isle of Mann Victorian Steam Railway Company Limited"; before reverting to the more workaday Isle of Man Railway.

When nationalised in 1978 it fell under the banner of "Isle of Man Railways" along with the Manx Electric Railway. Certain items of stock were changed to read "Isle of Man Passenger Transport" in the mid 1980s, but this was reverted to "Isle of Man Railways" again in the 1990s. A change in management style in 1999 ensued, and the islands trains, trams and buses were presented under the banner title of "Isle of Man Transport". The electric railway was greater affected by this change, with a series of non-historical and somewhat overly-modern liveries etc., but in 2007 this was changed and the railway is marketed once more as the "Isle of Man Steam Railway" although in keeping with the historical aspect, the coaches and locomotives carry original names and transfers.

The banner heading of all the island's government-owned railways was once again changed in 2009 and they are now collectively known as "Isle Of Man Heritage Railways".

Text courtesy of Wikipedia

This wonderful stamp sheet features images from most if not all of the above periods in its history.