So scenic bridges of San Marino. Two beautiful Europe stamps introduced to collectors` attention!
As you probably know, the Europe 2018 stamp series is dedicated to bridges. This theme has been selected by PostEurop for the joint stamp issues of its member states. San Marino Post has introduced its version of Europe 2018 stamps that were designed Sergio Ruggeri. The first stamp shows the Valdragone railway bridge with a blue and white train, with the three towers of San Marino in the background. The second stamp depicts a close-up of the same bridge with the electric train of the former railroad.
For a few years prior to World War II, San Marino had a railway network consisting of a single line, connecting the country with the Italian rail network at Rimini railway station. Due to difficulties in accessing the capital, San Marino City (which has a mountain-top location), the terminus station was to be located at the village of Valdragone. Opened on 12 June 1932, the railway station was extended further. The railway comprised many tunnels that are one of the famous tourists’ destinations of San Marino.
Today there is no operational railway in San Marino, but many disused artifacts such as bridges, tunnels and stations are still well visible, and in some cases have been refurbished and converted to parks, public footpaths or traffic routes. Some of the bridges and other constructions used by the former railway have become well-loved landmarks, especially the “Fontevecchia” bridge, set in a pleasant countryside location.