Norwegian Railways in Philately

   NORWAY: Norway Post's 350th Anniversary 20.09.1996  
Click to enlargeTwo stamps from a booklet of eight stamps showing different means of postal conveyance in Norway. Both stamps show scenes from Oslo. First we are on the corner of the streets Tollbugaten and Akersgaten in the inner city of Oslo, sometime in the middle of the 1920s. It is an early summer morning, just after rainfall, and the sun is rising in the background. Notice the clock on the corner building, it is 6.30 a.m. The only activity to be seen is a loaded post van. A double track tramline is seen in the foreground waiting for the morning tram to pass. On the coverphoto of the booklet you can catch sight of "Vestbanestasjonen" (the West Station) from the air.

Catalogue Nos.: Sc  1128 / SG 1239 / Mi 1220 / YT / NK 1269

Click to enlargeHere we have moved to one of the railway stations in Oslo, i.e. "Østbanestasjonen" (the East Station). It is some 30 years later and mail is being loaded into a travelling postal van. The van is type DFo from 1954-55. On the older van to the right, one can also notice a mailbox cover. In Norway mail transportation by railway was first established in 1856 on "Hovedbanen". Unfortunately the last operational TPO in Norway was closed down in the year 1991.

Catalogue Nos.: Sc 1130 / SG 1241 / Mi 1222 / YT / NK 1271

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