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GROSVENOR AUCTIONS: Stuart Phillips Collection (posted 22 march 2021)

CLICK below to view the Grosvenor Auction Catalogue for the Stuart Phillips Collection

The Stuart Phillips Collection is to be auction by Grosvenor Auction on 28 April 2021. It contains a vast amount of rare railway philatelic material, described in the Catalogue as ‘Railway Stamps and Covers’. The bulk of the collection consists of ‘old-style’ railway letter stamps, but there is something there for everyone! Here is a brief summary of the contents:

Covers & Postmarks:
xx– Liverpool & Manchester Railway (13 lots)
xx– Early Covers (1842 to 1872) (7 lots)
Railway Letter Stamps (traditional/pre-1950)
xx– Railway Letter Stamp Essays (9 lots)
xx– Railway Letter Stamps of England & Wales (329 lots)
xx– Railway Letter Stamps of Scotland (19 lots)
xx– Railway Letter Stamps of Ireland (24 lots)
Railway Parcel Stamps
xx– Railway Parcel Stamps of England & Wales (32 lots)
xx– Railway Parcel Stamps of Scotland (2 lots)
xx– Railway Stamp Collections (7 lots)

ZOOM Meetings for RPG Members (posted 6 February 2021)

The RPG is to set up occasional online meetings for RPG Members using the Zoom platform. CLICK HERE for information about these ZOOM Meetings for RPG Members

‘New Ideas’ (posted January 2021)

The RPG Committee is looking into various ways of adding to the benefits available to members:
•  we are looking at developing Zoom meetings among and for the benefit of RPG members
•  we are looking at the possible benefits of establishing an RPG Facebook page
… so ‘watch this space’!

New Books (posted January 2021)

Two new books about railway philately are soon to be published:
•  a new book by Frank Wilson on Railway Letter Stamps is at the proof reading stage
•  a set of 4 new books by Grahame Blackman on RSOs (Railway Sub Offices) will soon be ready
It is hoped that both of these will become available by late Summer 2021.
… so, again, ‘watch this space’!

’50 Years of RAILWAY PHILATELY’ on a memory stick (posted January 2021)

A memory stick (‘flash drive’) containing the first 50 years of Railway Philately (1966-2016) has been created by scanning all 200 publications from cover to cover. So you can have all the information from a 50-year period at your finger tips! The memory stick also contains detailed indexes (by subject) of all articles published in those 50 years.
£10 to members of the RPG and members of the TPO & Seapost Society (includes postage)
£15 to non-members (includes postage)
Please email Keith Downing at for infromation


2021 Annual Convention – restrictions and common sense permitting!

Subject to Government corona virus restrictions, the 2021 Annual Convention will be held in late Summer/early Autumn 2021, hopefully at the venue in Derbyshire that had been arranged for the 2020 Convention (but if it proves impossible to hold the Convention ‘live’, we hope to be able to present a ‘virtual’ Convention using Zoom). If you have any questions about the Convention please send them using the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website.

The Whitworth Centre is in Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District National Park with a wealth of tourist and railway attractions close by. The convention will include members’ displays on all aspects of Railway philately as well as the Group’s AGM.

Peak Rail runs through the village with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the Midland Railway Centre, the National Tramway Museum and Barrow Hill Roundhouse all close by. Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within 5 miles whilst Bakewell, Buxton, Chesterfield, Cromford Mills World Heritage site, Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall are all in the area.

Matlock is served by an hourly train service from Derby and Nottingham with an hourly direct bus service from Buxton giving easy access to Manchester and North West England. East Midlands airport is close to Derby with flights from a range of cities. Matlock is just 10 miles from the M1.

There are a range of hotels and guest houses in the area including Matlock Premier Inn although as it is a popular tourist area, it can be difficult to make last minute bookings. It is advisable to book accommodation as early as possible once you know you will be attending.

A booking form will be included a future Newsletter to members.  A copy will also be made available for downloading from this website.   Non-members who would like to attend the event (though you cannot vote at the AGM) are invited to let us know using the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website.


Although most public events are either cancelled or substantially curtailed due to Corona Virus restrictions, the Railway Philatelic Group is very much Open for Business‘:

  •  Please continue to send queries via the Contact Us page on the RPG web site.
  •  Please continue to send queries and articles for Railway Philately to Keith Downing, the Editor of Railway Philately (address and email to be found in Railway Philately).
  •  Please send any other queries to Roy Hardiman, the RPG Secretary (address and email to be found in Railway Philately).
  •  It is expected that the RPG Postal Auctions will proceed as normal.
  •  The Exchange Packet will also continue as normal.
  •  Don’t forget that members with similar interests can discuss their shared interest with other members by using the contact details in the List of Members Interests (which was copied to all members)

In the meantime, we advise all members to follow official advice and protect themselves and others as best they can.

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