You may have heard that the Manx Electric Railway is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2018 (a week long event takes place 1st to 8th September in case you weren’t aware!). As part of the celebrations a set of 6 new stamps have been launched featuring photos from competition winners with these available from Saturday 30th June 2018.
A competition was launched in August 2017 to find extraordinary images from MER enthusiasts and after an overwhelming response of quality entries four winners were selected with their photos now appearing on the stamps. Runners-up photographs will be used on additional products that completes the collection, including a presentation pack, prestige booklet, decorative sheet and First Day Cover.
Ian Longworth, Director of Isle of Man Transport, said: “We are incredibly proud that the Isle of Man is home to rolling stock that features in the Guinness Book of Records for having the oldest trams in the world still operating on its original system. It’s great to see everyone embracing the anniversary and September promises to be a fantastic week of celebrations – I hope Island residents as well as tourists will enjoy the festival.”
Maxine Cannon, General Manager for Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, said: “We have partnered with Isle of Man Transport on a number of their significant anniversaries, but the fact that these stamps feature images from Manx Electric Railway enthusiasts makes these very special. We are also particularly pleased that over the coming months these stamps will also be dispensed from our kiosks and counter network, replacing the current triskelion design.”
If you want to get your hands on the collection it can be pre-ordered at www.iompost.com/MER125.