Railroad Stations

More than simply places to buy tickets and wait for a train, railroad stations exude history, romance, and the optimism associated with forward motion. Noteworthy railroad stations began brightening the American landscape by the 1870s and, although many fell to the wrecking ball once they had outlived their original purpose, hundreds survived. This issuance features five architectural gems that continue to play an important role in their community.

Each stamp in the pane of 20 is an illustration of a single station: the 1874 Tamaqua Station in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; the 1875 Point of Rocks Station in Point of Rocks, Maryland; the 1901 Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia; the 1918 Santa Fe Station in San Bernardino, California; or the 1933 Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio. The pane resembles a page in an old-fashioned photo album, with the title “Historic Railroad Stations of the United States” and drawings of a train and a one-ride ticket in the header.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, railroads were the only practical means of traveling over any significant distances in the United States. The first purpose-built station buildings went up in the early 1830s, and by the 1870s, noteworthy stations were starting to brighten the landscape. A station often was designed to advertise the importance of the surrounding community, along with the power and prestige of the railroad company serving it. In many smaller towns, the railroad station was the focal point of the community’s life, and the local agent was one of its more important citizens.

Derry Noyes was the art director for the project. Down the Street Designs was responsible for the digital illustrations, typography, and overall design of the pane.

The Railroad Stations stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Product Specification:
Issue:Railroad Stations Stamps
Item Number:483900
Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
Type of Issue:
Format:Pane of 20 (5 designs)
Issue Date & City:March 9, 2023, Cincinnati, OH 45234
Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer:Down the Street Designs
Artist:Down the Street Designs
Typographer:Down the Street Designs
Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, Flexographic
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type:Gallus RCS
Stamps per Pane:20
Print Quantity:30,000,000 stamps
Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 4135C
Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.085 in / 36.068 x 27.559 mm
Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.225 in / 39.624 x 31.115 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h):7.24 x 8.25 in / 183.896 x 209.550 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h):14.48 x 16.50 in / 367.792 x 419.100 mm
Plate Size:80 stamps per revolution
Plate Number:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:Header: Historic Railroad Stations of the United States • USPS Forever Stamps One Trip from Sea to Shining Sea • Plate number in two corners of the pane
Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (483900) • Plate position diagram (4) • Promotional text
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