Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Train, Planes and a Postbox

I'm back with that one card left from last time, along with a couple of others. Today's cards come from Malaysia, Finland, Great Britain and Japan. Let's get it going with a train card from Malaysia.
The card has a great view of the Penang Hill funicular railway. The new modern one. Construction of the railway took place between 1906 and 1923. It was opened to the public on Oct 21, 1923. From February 2010 until April 25, 2011 , the railway was closed while being upgraded and for new cars to be purchased to increase the passenger capacity and the speed of the train. The new train and current railway, unlike the railway before 2010, does not require passengers to change trains half way up. Passengers have non-stop service in air conditioned cars. The blue, air-conditioned Swiss-made coaches, capable of ferrying up to 100 passengers at one go, run every half hour from 6.30am to 9pm daily. The new RM73mil system replaces the 87-year-old funicular railway, which was closed in February 2010. I have KHOR of KKKHOR STAMP COLLECTION to thank for this card. The stamp is from a set of 10 issued in 2011 entitled Nilai Nilai Murni.

My next card, a plane card comes from Helsinki, Finland. On it we see the Valmet Vihuri II , a type of trainer aircraft. Fifty one ( 51 ) were built and flown between 1951 and 1959, mostly by the Finnish Air Force. VH-18 , the one shown on this postcard and the only preserved Vihuri, is on display in the Central Finland Aviation Museum. Anne used a stamp from a 2011 souvenir sheet of 2. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Juhani Ano , a Finnish author and journalist.

Now we have a postcard of a book cover. Flight Three U.S.A. , a Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure by David Scott Daniell. Arthur from Great Britain sent this one along . He used a 76p Machin stamp .

Here's the last card for this time. It is an illustration of an old Japanese postbox. Annie writes that Japan has fantastic manhole covers, but unfortunately no postcards of them. She must have read of my manhole postcard collection- all one card so far. But I can always hope. Annie used a couple of flower stamps.

That's a wrap for this time. Thanks for reading. Thanks to Annie, Arthur, Anne and kkkhor for the cards.

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