Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamps on the Japanese Steam Locomotives (5th Issue) :
Issued by Japan
Issued on Jun 10, 1975
Issued for : As the 5th issue of the Steam Locomotive Series, 2 kinds of 20 yen postage stamps (se-tenant) will be released depicting the S.L.’s “Class 7100” and “Class 150”.
Colour : Multicolour
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Denomination : 20 Yen each
Stamp Size : 25 x 35.5 mm
Stamps Printed : 56,000,000
- S.L. Class 7100 : Between 1880 and 1889 eight locomotives of this class were imported from the U.S.A. and named after Yoshitsune, Benkei, Shizuka etc. They were active on the coal mine railways in Hokkaido and afterwards transferred to the National Railways. The postage stamp features the Sapporo Station in those days in the background.
- The engine weighed 16.41 tons and the tender 11.68 tons.
- S.L. Class 150 : In 1871 one locomotive of this class was imported from England and it ran between Yokohama and Shinbashi, Tokyo at the inauguration of the National Railway Service. Being the first steam locomotive (tank engine) in Japan it was popular among the people. The postage stamp shows the Shinbashi Station in those days in the background.
- It is now preserved in the Traffic Museum. The engine weighed 23.45 tons.