1972 Christmas Festiniog Railway First Day Cover.

1972 Christmas Festiniog Railway First Day Cover
Festiniog Railway First Day Covers: There are two main varieties of these: 1. Covers cancelled with a Festiniog Railway CDS or special handstamp, which are carried on the Railway only and have a cachet "To be called for at ..........Station"
2. Covers cancelled with a Post Office CDS or special handstamp, which are carried on the Railway and delivered by the Post Office. These have a cachet "To be posted on arrival at ............"
In addition all the covers bear Railway Letter Fee stamps which are cancelled with an oval Festiniog Railway handstamp with a station name (or TPO) in the centre. There are eight different variations of these. Although no issues have used all eight together, many issues have used several of them.
Some of these can be relatively easy to find and some can be almost impossible, especially some of the decimal issues with Festiniog Railway CDS where only one or two examples are known of some combinations.
The information and numbers produced that we quote are taken from the two catalogues for these issues: "The Festiniog Railway Company Railway Letter Service Volume 1 1969-1997" by Harold Creamer & Volume 2 1998-2009 by John Dobson & Robert Smallman.
These catalogues are highly recommended and we can supply Volume 1 @ £20 post
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