August 11, four postage stamps in the series "History of the Russian Uniform" dedicated to uniform jackets of railway transport officials are to be released into circulation

The history of the uniform has an inextricable connection with the development of railway industry and training of specialists of various levels.

In 1809, the Main Water and Land Transport Agency and the Transport Engineer Corps and Institute were established in St. Petersburg by the Manifesto of Emperor Alexander I. Special uniform was created for Agency officials and Institute cadets.

Since 1855, a breed of the uniform had been radically changed. By 1873, more than 50 stock railway companies emerged in Russia, each of them introducing a its own uniform. The emblem, which is still present on the modern railway uniform, was designed. It depicts two outspread wings and a wheel, which symbolize speed, accuracy and comfort.

The one uniform dress for Russian railway officials was established in 1878. It was designed for different categories of employees: the railway engineers, officials of central and local institutions, railway employees and others.

From that time on, the uniform has undergone numerous changes according with the socio-economic processes of that time. After the war, uniform jackets of civil suits sample were gradually introduced instead of military or paramilitary breed.

The modern railway uniform is abandoning the military feel, emphasis on succession and preservation of historic traditions, comfort and functionality, safety, originality, aesthetic qualities and matching modern fashion.

New uniform jackets of railway transport officials were introduced in all structural units of JCS "Russian Railways" since 2010.

Stamps depict:

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

Head of the Depot and the Second class Driver (1952)

Head of Railways and the Conductor (1979)

The Trainmaster and the Conductor of the Coach (2015)

In addition to the issue of postage stamps an illustrated cover was prepared for the release by FSUE "Marka" Publishing and Trading Centre with four stamps and an FDC with cancellation (Moscow) inside.

Design: S. Ulyanovskiy
Face value: 17 RUB
Size of stamp: 32,5 × 65 mm; size of sheet with illustrated margins and size of mini sheet: 154 × 154 mm
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins and a mini sheet with eight (4 × 2) stamps
Circulation: 288 thousand stamps (36 thousand sheets), 65 thousand mini sheets.

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