Stamp issue celebrating 175th anniversary of Dutch railway

September 9th, 2014 is glad to inform that Netherlands Post has issued a stamp series celebrating 175th anniversary of Dutch railway. The series was released on the 5th of September and is now available for purchasing.

The Dutch Iron Railway Company HYSM, later called HSM, was founded in 1837. This private company was supported by King William I. Two years later the first Dutch railway connected Amsterdam to Haarlem. This so-called Old Line was extended to Rotterdam in 1847.

Around 1860 the expansion of the railway network faltered. The government decided to take on the task of constructing new railways, which were then given in concession to the Society for Exploitation of State Railways (SS, 1863). The SS and HSYM became fierce competitors swallowing up smaller railway companies.

This year the Dutch railways celebrate their 175th anniversary. The first train ran between Amsterdam and Haarlem in September 1839, hauled by locomotives called Arend (eagle) and Snelheid (speed). In 2014 this fact is celebrated modestly compared to previous railway anniversaries.