Overview

This issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental standard-gauge railway. Before 1970, variation in rail gauge meant that goods and passengers travelling by rail from Sydney to Perth were subject to the inconvenience of several train changes. At the time of Federation in 1901, New South Wales used standard gauge (1,435mm); Victoria and South Australia broad gauge (1,600mm); and Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and parts of South Australia, narrow gauge (1,067mm). With the agreement and collaboration of the Commonwealth and state governments, standardisation of interstate rail gauges commenced in 1930 and finally completed in 1995 with the Melbourne to Adelaide route.

The first uninterrupted transcontinental freight service commenced on 12 January 1970 and the new passenger service over the same route left Sydney on 23 February 1970, arriving in Perth on the morning of 26 February. This passenger service was named the Indian-Pacific after the oceans it links. Today the Indian Pacific travels from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide, a 4,352-kilometre journey of around 70 hours that includes the world’s longest stretch of straight track (478 kilometres) on the Nullarbor Plain.

Technical specifications

Issue date
11-February-2020
Issue withdrawal date
31-August-2020
Denomination
$1.10
Stamp design
Jamie and Leanne Tufrey
Product design
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost MC90
Printer
Ego
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Sheetlet size (mm)
156 x 101
Perforations
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Sheetlet of 10
FDI Postmark
East Perth WA 6004
FDI withdrawal date
10-March-2020

Stamp in this issue

$1.10 - The Indian-Pacific

The stamp depicts the inaugural Indian-Pacific passenger train with the Western Australian L class diesel-electric locomotives 260 and 261, which hauled the train into Perth East station on the morning of 26 February 1970.

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Stamp:

Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years gummed stamp

The Transcontinental Railway: 50 Years stamp depicts the inaugural Indian-Pacific passenger train with the Western Australian L class diesel-electric locomotives.

Sheetlet pack:

Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years sheetlet pack

The Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years sheetlet pack contains the sheetlet of 10 x $1.10 stamps from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

Sheetlet:

Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years sheetlet of 10 stamps

The gummed sheetlet contains 10 x $1.10 Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years stamps from the related stamp issue.

Maxicard:

Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years maxicard

The Transcontinental Railway – 50 Years maxicard is a prepaid postcard with the gummed stamp affixed and postmarked on the view side. 

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