Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trains, Mozambique

It's been a while since ive been able to participate in Viridian's blog...but here we are to stop that tradition.
And well, today's theme is 'anything you want' in order not to think toooo much and negotiate with myself what to pick, ill go with my favourite topic of trains :) Sorry :)

And here I have two FANTASTIC souvenir sheets I received thanks to Goran who had arranged them for me!

these s/s were both issued in 1999.

The left one depicts the Railway Station in Frankfurt with the Talent DMU train in front of it. DMU stands for Diesel Multiple Unit, which is a multiple unit train consisting of multiple carriages powered by one or more on-board diesel engines. They may also be referred to as a railcar or railmotor, depending on country. These trains have gained tremendous popularity in Europe, where they have proven their worth in passenger service on more lightly used intercity routes that wouldn’t be economical to operate using more conventional locomotive hauled trains.

The right s/s depicts the Anhalter Bahnhof, which is a former railway terminus in Berlin in Germany. In front of it a 2-8-2 German steam locomotive is presented. In a 2-8-2, the wheel arrangement of the two leading wheels is on one axle (usually in a leading truck), the eight powered and coupled driving wheels are on four axles, and the two trailing wheels are on one axle (usually in a trailing truck) This configuration of steam locomotive is most often referred to as a Mikado (frequently shortened to Mike), but it is also referred to as a MacArthur. The 2-8-2 was particularly popular in North America, but was also used in continental Europe and elsewhere. The German 2-8-2s were built in both passenger and freight types where the passenger locomotives were used mainly in a mountainous terrain.

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wishing you all a very nice weekend!


  1. DMUs are common in the UK too, but don't look as exotice as this design. I did a lot of work for British Rail at one time after the Clapham train crash. This included train depots which were maintaining DMUs.

  2. I like the idea of showing the railway stations in combination with the locos. It is always interesting to see other countries station architecture.

  3. Those are nice designs, but why are there German stations on Mocambique stamps?

  4. These are beautiful! I never would have thought I'd say that about trains and stations, but I am. :)

  5. Great mini-sheets and the architecture of the stations is fantastic!

  6. Great mini-sheets!!!
    Thanks for participating.

  7. Beautiful stamps! Looks like they are moving standing still. I really like the stamp issues that are taken from a larger design/picture.

  8. thanks for the comments everyone!

    as for why there are German stations on Mozambique stamps...well, i think it's pretty common for certain African or not so developed countries in the world to portray things or people that have nothing to do with the country itself..and yet, these stamps are always more than amazing....