|Throughout their history, the railways have fundamentally changed the way people communicate, contributing decisively to the development and modernization of Greek society, significantly assisting the national war effort, vigorously promoting the country's economic growth, and becoming a source of inspiration for intellectual creators and artists.
A leading role in this effort was played by steam locomotives, which in their century-long history in Greece proved equal to the challenge of smoothly transporting our trains throughout the network. Of the dozens of steam locomotive series used in Greece, four are now pictured on stamps as a small tribute to our rich railway history. They are the American G401-420, the first powerful steam locomotives in Greece; the Austrian La901-940, which played a leading role in the struggles of the Second World War; the French Z501-517, which tirelessly traversed the Peloponnese for decades; and the German 40-45, the most powerful steam locomotives on the Thessaly network.
Text: Giorgos Handrinos, Association of Friends of the Railway
Source: Hellenic Post