Russian railway uniforms as the symbol of continuity and preservation of historical traditions

September 6th, 2015 hurries to inform that Russia Post issued a set of stamps dedicated to Russian Railway staff uniforms as a part of special stamps series History of Russian uniform. The stamps feature various changes in the Russian Railway staff uniforms since 1843 to 2015.

The stamps depict uniforms of:

  • General and the conductor of the Office of Communications (1843)

  • Head of the depot and driver 2nd class (1952)

  • Head of the roads and the conductor (1979)

  • Head of the train and the conductor of the passenger car (2015)

The issue consisting of four items were released and put into circulation on the 11th of August.

Russian Railway staff uniforms

History shaped costume is inextricably linked with the emergence and formation of the rail industry and training at various levels. In 1809, according to the manifesto of Emperor Alexander I established General Directorate of Water and Land Communications based Corps of Engineers and the Institute of Communications.

For employees, departments and cadets of the institution created a special outfit.

Since 1855 there are big changes in the cut regimental uniform of all employees Ministry of Railways.

By 1873, Russia had established more than 50 joint-stock railway companies, each of which has introduced a form for employees.

Designed emblem, present and modern railway uniforms clothing – two outstretched wing and wheel, which symbolizes the speed, accuracy and comfort.

The first single form of clothing for railroad workers was adopted in 1878 and designed for different categories of employees, depending on the discharge engineers Railways, officials of central and local institutions, railway employees and others. Over time, the uniforms underwent numerous changes taking place in accordance with the socio-economic processes in the society. After the war, gradually introduce uniform suits commercial pattern instead of military or paramilitary cut.

Modern uniforms, emphasizing the continuity and preservation of historical traditions, show friendliness, functionality, aesthetics and compliance trends.