Railway stamp
In philately
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps...

 a railway stamp is a stamp issued to pay the cost of the conveyance of a letter or parcel by rail.

A wide variety of railway stamps have been issued by different countries and by private and state railways. Railway stamps of an unofficial or semi-official type are considered cinderella stamp
Cinderella stamp
In philately, a cinderella stamp has been defined as "Virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration..." The term also excludes imprinted stamps on postal stationery.- Types :...


The first railway stamp was issued in England in 1846 for parcels and Belgium has issued railway stamps since 1879.

From 1891 British mainline railway companies issued railway letter stamps for the conveyance of letters by rail, although that service has now ceased apart from on some small tourist lines.

Further reading

  • Ewen, Herbert L'Estrange
    Herbert L'Estrange Ewen
    Herbert L'Estrange Ewen was a British stamp dealer and philatelist in Swanage, Dorset and later in Norwood, London who was an authority on railway stamps....

    , Railway Newspaper and Parcel Stamps of the United Kingdom, Ewen’s Colonial Stamp Market Ltd., 1906. (Reprint, 1983 by Tim Clutterbuck & Co.)
  • Jackson, H.T. The Railway and Airway Letter Stamps of the British Isles, 1891-1971, Harry Hayes, 1979. ISBN 0905222377

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