The Allegro high speed train crosses a Finnish lake on its way from Helsinki and over the border onwards to St Petersburg and Finland Station (Russian stations are always called after their destination). The journey will only take three and a half hours. Those on board will have seen the giant statue portrayed on the stamp as they entered the portals of the Central Railway Station in Helsinki, for it is one of two sets that flank the entrance and the lamps they hold will shine down in darkness (which in winter I think will last a long time). Depending on the source Helsinki Station is described as Art Deco, Finnish Art Nouveau or Finnish Romanticism but that is unimportant as it is considered one of the great railway stations in the world. I'm a bit of a collector of railways stations but what would also attract me about this one is that it is dressed in pink granite. Designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909 and opened in 1919 it is Finland's busiest station. The statues are by Emil Wikstrom whose house where he lived by lake and forest is now a museum. Appropriate then that the picture is of a still clear day with a beautiful reflection of forest and train.
2010: Great Railway Journeys
This stamp too has a 'reflection' but of shadow in the heat of an Australian day as it crosses the deep heart of the country. This is the famous Ghan train which links Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north travelling 1851 miles and taking 54 hours with a four hour stopover at Alice Springs. The card below shows the train as it travels through the MacDonnell Ranges which run east and west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territories..
The name 'The Ghan' is a diminutive of the nickname The Afghan Express which is a nod to the Afghan camel drivers who arrived in the 19th century to help find a way to travel to the country's interior. The card is too 'busy' to show the cancel to any great effect but it is of a train riding the rails.
An entry to Violet Sky's Sunday Stamps II theme of - Shaped Stamps or Australian stamps here