Full steam ahead for new stamps

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Royal Mail are steaming ahead with a new collection of stamps featuring trains from Springburn’s past.

The Glen Falloch and the Glen Loy, which were built at Cowlairs Works in 1913 and 1920 respectively, are the stars of Royal Mail’s Locomotives of Scotland collection.

The four stamp collection, which also includes photos of the Andrew Bain and Bon Accord and the Clan Mckinnon trains, celebrates Scottish engineering heritage.

The engines, which served Scotland until the introduction of electrical and diesel engines in the 1960s, were selected from thousands of period photos by experts at York’s National Railway Museum.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “Scotland has an incredible railway heritage, not just in terms of its locomotive production, but also its iconic structures such as the Forth Bridge, then the world’s first major steel structure.

“We hope that the four locomotives featured will remind people that behind the glamour of the passenger locomotives, these ‘servants of steam’ were busy building a new Scotland.”

Pictured is former Royal Mail employee Jimmy White with the new collection.

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