Railway Thematic Stamps

by Horst Brix (with support of Norman E. Wright Sr.)
Railways and stamp collecting are two fascinating hobbies. Collecting railways on stamps combines these two interests.
Collecting stamps which picture trains and railways is called "railway topical collecting." When one collects all stamps which have any philatelic railway connection, it is known as "railway thematic philately."
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The following pages (which are under construction) are intended to give an overview of the railway thematic hobby, as well as providing additional data about existing literature and other sources of information. (I gratefully thank for the help of Norman E. Wright sen.)

The following services are planned:

  • A forum for railway thematic notions and definitions. Proposals from me have been included on the first page, and on the "General" page. They are open for discussion. Please tell me your opinion, or criticize my proposals.

  • Information about railway thematic, philatelic and technical literature and publications

  • To pubblish a stamp list with an existing ACCESS database, including more than 13,000 railway thematic stamps, minisheets (souvenir sheets) and varieties, including those which are not documented on existing web pages. Because of the restricted disk space available, this will be presented in parts. (Note: This intention will be delayed as the Michel catalogue publishers will not currently allow use of their numbers on these pages; I shall attempt to evaluate the specific issue date of every stamp and develop my own discrete numbering system). 

  • List containing stamps, which are included in catalogues (e.g. "Collect Railways on Stamps"), which are not railway thematic stamps 
  • As no listing of German railway thematic stamps exists on the INTERNET, I shall develop one. 
  • Lists covering specific elements of railway thematic collecting (currently these listings are in the German language); these include: 
      • Railway bridges  

      • Railway ferries and ships owned by railways  

      • Railway stations  

      • Railway routes (including streetcar/tram routes) on maps or city maps. 

Additionally, I will publish, in the web pages of the Internationale Motivgruppe Eisenbahnwesen,all new railway thematic stamps which I receive.

At the stamp lists, click the underscored word(s) to see an image of the stamps(s), with a detailed description.

Click on the small stamp image to view a larger image in higher resolution.
It is possible that keywords within the text will be linked to other pages.

As expected, the lists are not complete. As with other people, I am not error-free, and I shall greatly appreciate receiving your suggestions, corrections and tips.

Please do not hesitate to send me an
e-mail either for or with more information. Each and every comment is welcome.

General Remarks to Railway Thematic:
Philatelic Literature
New supplement to "Railway Thematic stamps of Africa"
New supplement # 1 for ATA HB 138 "World Railways Philatelic"
    New   railway catalogue from Domfil
New Railway Thematic Stamps:
Click on the words    new stamps to view the new issues which have been received by me.  
Additional informations about  announcements of  new stamps  (these  informations stay there as long as the stamps will come into my collection)
Parts Lists:
Railway Bridges (update in German)
Railway Ferries (updated in  English and partly pictured)
Railway Routes / Tram Routes on maps or city maps (finished in German)
Railway Stations (started in German)
No railway interest, but the stamps are included in lists or catalogues (German, every stamp pictured)
Germany   (Germany Empire (Deutsches Reich) and Germany Berlin with picture for every stamp, Old Germany partly pictured, text in German) 
Links to other philatelic or railway thematic webpages
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  Changed: June 28 th, 2001