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Bluebell Railway Commemorative Stamps and First Day Covers

Last Issue:

FIRST DAY COVER : "Bluebell Railway Northern Extension - Now Arriving at East Grinstead"; 23 March 2013

Bluebell 50th Anniversary Cover

Previous Issues - Bluebell Railway Letter Service:

50th ANNIVERSARY COVER : "Celebrating 50 years of the Bluebell Railway"; 6th August 2010

2009: There were no issues in 2009 because of the push to sell "Tenner for the Tip" certificates.

DEFINITIVE ISSUE : "Blackmoor Vale"; 19th May 2008

COMMEMORATIVE COVER : "Bernard J Holden M.B.E. Centenary 1908-2008"; 8th May 2008

COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE : "1638 Returns to Steam"; 5th May 2007

DEFINITIVE ISSUE : "Camelot"; 5th August 2006

DEFINITIVE ISSUE : "Bluebell Special Service"; 15th April 2006

DEFINITIVE ISSUE : "Blue Circle at the Bluebell"; 30th July 2005

COMMEMORATIVE CENTENARY ISSUE : "Class H. 263"; 26th March 2005

COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE : "Earl of Berkeley returns to steam"; 7th August, 2004

Note: Because the Bluebell Railway was not running any scheduled trains on Tuesday 13th January 2004, we regret we were unable to offer a first day cover for the Royal Mail stamp set (which features "Blackmoor Vale" amongst its six designs).

DEFINITIVE ISSUE : "STEPNEY IN 1909"; 10th April, 2004

COMMEMORATIVE COVER : 45th Anniversary; 14th March, 2004


SPECIAL ISSUE : "Class USA No.30064 Diamond Jubilee"; 19th April, 2003

COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE : "Diamond Jubilee of C1"; 3rd August, 2002

SPECIAL ISSUE : "Bluebell Railway Atlantic Project"; 30th March, 2002

DEFINITIVE ISSUE: "Starlight Special"; 4th August, 2001

DEFINITIVE ISSUE: "Normandy at Work"; 15th. April, 2001

We used to aim for two issues of stamps a year, marking either a locomotive or other anniversary, or to feature one of the many locomotives to be found on the Bluebell.

These were multicoloured first day covers with, usually, a related Maximum Card, also available as a First Day item.

With the retirement from active involvement on the Bluebell of Peter Forrestier Smith we regret that The Bluebell Railway Letter Service is currently no longer in operation. Some items may still be available via the Bluebell Railway Shop at Sheffield Park Station.

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