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    Glenfinnan Viaduct and Harry Potter Postage Stamps


    Glenfinnan Viaduct – Highlands of Scotland © 2007 Scotiana

    Hi Mairiuna!

    The Prince’s journey up to Glenfinnan being the subject of one of your recent articles, I thought it would be a great idea to continue our “blog conversation” on the topic of the Glenfinnan viaduct which greatfully enhances the scottish landscape. It is situated just on the other side of the road, facing the monument.

    You have visited the site many times and the pictures that Jean-Claude and yourself took, which illustrates this post, are simply magnificent!

    What a great timing as you were able to shoot the photograph below when the train was passing on the viaduct!  Wow…! Congratulations 🙂

    Glenfinnan viaduct  The Jacobite train

    Glenfinnan Viaduct – Highlands of Scotland © 2007 Scotiana

    A wee bit of history about the Glenfinnan viaduct

    GB-glenfinnan-viaduct-postage-stampsBuilt between 1897 and 1901, Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It forms an integral part of the West Highland line.

    The viaduct has 21 arches and was built by Sir Robert McAlpine. The line connects Fort William and Mallaig and was a crucial vein for the local fishing industry and the highlands economy.

    Nowadays it is a popular tourist attraction and made even more famous by appearing in three of the Harry Potter films!

    Would anyone be able to name those three films in which the Glenfinnan viaduct appears?

    Share your answers by typing them in the comments section below.  🙂

    I won’t surprise anyone by saying that I made a search on the web to locate some postage stamps depicting the viaduct and I am truly happy to showcase some of them. 🙂


    On August 2, 2012 Great Britain Royal Mail issued the second of four miniature sheets highlighting some of the workhorses of the tracks, who criss-crossed the United Kingdom to satisfy its increasing industrial demands.

    Royal Mail worked closely with railway expert Professor Colin Divall of the National Railway Museum in York, and Scottish railway expert Dugald Cameron, to select the four locomotives featured on the miniature sheet – chosen from thousands of period photographs.

    The Classic Locomotives series of stamps began with Classic Locomotives of England in February 2011, and moves on to highlight other locomotives that operated in Northern Ireland and Wales in future issues.



    Official First day Cover – Classic Locomotives of Scotland – Great Britain August 2, 2012



    I remember buying, excitingly enough, while sightseeing the little town of Alston, in England, the beautiful set of 7 stamps commemorating the Harry Potter novels written by J.K. Rowling that had just came out!

    Can you imagine how difficult will be my quest to get my hands on the following First Day Cover that was privately produced?

    Goathland [Film Setting for Hogsmeade] is a special Handstamp Limited edition of just 100 with the full set of stamps from the Harry Potter series. The picture used on this FDC was taken for British Rail and the copyright belongs with the photographer.


    Source: BFDC

    If you ever come across, kindly let me know.  I sincerely thank you in advance. 🙂

    Trains, Scotland  and Harry Potter are great topical stamp collecting subjects!

    Talk soon,


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