Stamp collectors say the U.S. Postal Service is off track with a recent train poster

Mike Hoyt of Silver Spring was among stamp-fancying readers irritated by a poster featuring an image of a steam train that went up in post offices around the country in May. The poster announces coming commemorative stamps, including ones celebrating Marvin GayeEllsworth Kelly, Woodstock, frogs and military working dogs. The train on the poster itself is apparently related to a handsome set of stamps marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

It’s quite a nice steam train, but if you’re really into trains, you know it’s a British locomotive from the 1940s — an LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0, to be exact — not either of the trains involved in the setting of the famous Golden Spike.

Wrote Mike: “They probably hired the same young designer for whom all steam locomotives and propeller planes are the same.” (A letter of Mike’s on the subject was published in Linn’s Stamp News.)

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