The most significant date in Swindon’s history – 25 February 1841 has been marked by the issuance of a branded postage stamp by Royal Mail.
Steam, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, has been specially chosen to issue a steam locomotive Post & Go stamp to coincide with the town’s Swindon175 celebrations.
The stamps feature a picture of a Dean Single Locomotive from the GWR’s Achilles Class which was built by the Great Western Railway in Swindon between 1891 and 1899.
The stamp from Royal Mail Heritage: Transport series is now available at the popular Post & Go stamp kiosk at the museum in Kemble Drive and carries the words ‘Swindon175’ to mark 25 February 1841. This was the day directors of the GWR company authorised the establishment of the railway works in Swindon, after the town was identified by Daniel Gooch as being the ideal place for GWR’s central repair works.
Construction began immediately, heralding a new age for the town and Swindon175 marks this landmark anniversary. The year-long programme is supported by main sponsor GWR and managed by Swindon Borough Council and Business West. A wide range of events will involve Swindon’s people and businesses in a celebration of the town’s rich heritage and achievements.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Steam, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled Steam has been chosen to issue Royal Mail’s Post & Go stamp of the Swindon-built locomotive; the designs are absolutely stunning.
“The stamps are fantastic memento, whether you’re a collector of stamps or are just looking to send a postcard from the museum. I would urge the people of Swindon to show their support of Steam and buy a stamp today and join us in celebrating Swindon175.”