The ceremony of memorable cancellation was held in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Railways of Russia. The event was attended by the head of the Federal Agency of communications Oleg Dukhovnitsky and President of JSC "Russian Railways" Oleg Belozerov.
In 1837 was opened the first public railway, which connected Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk and Petersburg. In 1851 was running trains on the Nikolaev line, connecting St. Petersburg with Moscow, later this route was extended to Warsaw. In the end of XIX — beginning of XX century was built the Moscow-Kursk, Nizhny Novgorod, Baltic, Moreno-Syzran, Orenburg railway and the TRANS-Siberian railway. Began mass production of new types of locomotives: locomotives and electric locomotives. Was built Turksib, which connected Siberia with Central Asia.
During the Great Patriotic war, rail transport, having the necessary technical equipment, has successfully provided the basic needs for transport to front and rear. In the postwar period was built an important for the development of the country railway — the Baikal-Amur (BAR). In the late 1980s in the USSR, the operational length of the railway network was approximately 145 thousand km: there were 32 road, 185 branches, more than 11,000 stations. In 2003 it was established a state company, the owner of public infrastructure, a significant part of the rolling stock of JSC "RZD".
Today Russian Railways is one of the largest transportation systems in the world and ranks first in the world in length of electrified lines.
The cover depicts the emblem of the celebration of the 180th
anniversary of the Russian Railways. The circulation of cover was 1 million copies.
"Postal cover devoted to the 180-year anniversary, spread over the country and around the world, telling about the glorious history of the Railways of the Russian Federation. We are not going to rest on our laurels and in the future will excite philatelists and all of the users stamps and covers with new products on the theme of a national network of railway transport", — said the head of Rossvyaz.
The Federal communications Agency and the joint-stock company "Marka" in different years were prepared a large number of different editions on the theme of Railways. In 2004, there were three artistic marked covers "Russian Railways", many editions of cards with train stations in different cities of Russia. In 2007 the cover "170 years of Railways of Russia", and in 2012 — stamp "175 years of Railways of Russia". In 2014, the stamp was released "the Baikal-Amur railway", in 2015 — 4 stamps in the series "History of Russian uniform. Continue of the set. The uniforms of the employees of railway transport".