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07 September 2004
15/2004
Commemorative Issue

150th Anniversary of Railways in Australia

Australia
The first steam propelled train on a railway in Australia ran from Melbourne to Sandridge (Flinders Street

Melbourne-Sandridge 1854  

Melbourne-Sandridge 1854

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This is one of the four Stephenson 2-4-0 well tanks that commenced running on the Melbourne to Sandridge line from 25 December 1854. The train is represented at Flinders Street station with small ships sailing on the Yarra River in the background.

Sydney-Parramatta 1855  

Sydney-Parramatta 1855

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This stamp depicts Locomotive No 1, which is regarded as the first locomotive in New South Wales. Although it was under repair on the day of the official opening (26 September 1855) it had been on a trial run transporting passengers from Sydney station to the Long Cove viaduct on 24 May that year.

The stamp design is based on the restored Locomotive No 1 now housed in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

The locomotive was one of two made by Robert Stephenson and Co. which was shipped from Britain the previous January. The carriages were supplied by Wright and Sons of Birmingham.

Helidon-Toowoomba 1867  

Helidon-Toowoomba 1867

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The stamp depicts the second section of the Ipswich

Kalgoorlie  

Kalgoorlie

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The stamp depicts a G class train (from the 1930s) crossing the Nullabor on the transcontinental link. The design reminds us that this line includes the longest straight stretch of railway in the world, 478 km between Ooldea, SA and Nurina in WA.

The 1682 km track across the desert was completed in five years and opened in 1917. The track was especially significant as it allowed rail networks in other states to link.

Alice Springs-Darwin 2004  

Alice Springs-Darwin 2004

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Illustrated on this stamp is the passenger locomotive known as "The Ghan" on its first trip through to Darwin in February 2004.

In 1929 when the first Ghan left Adelaide for Alice Springs, it was intended that it would be one day travel through to Darwin. In 2004 that dream has become reality.

The Alice Springs to Darwin rail link opened officially in January 2004.

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 7 September 2004
Denomination .................... Five x 50c
Designer ........................ Ned Culic
Stamp size....................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations..................... 13.86 x 14.6
Printer.......................... SNP Sprint
Paper............................ Tullis Russell/B100/B90
Printing process................. Lithography
Sheet layout..................... Modules of 50
National postmark ............... Port Melbourne VIC 3207
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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