MSG Spink London Meeting on November 26th 2011 Railway Mail of Malaya
by Susan Mc Ewen. Report by Dominic Morris.
A genuine Train
Mail mark in Malay
Train Mail mark in Malay;
Andrew Norris - Pictorial extracts from Railway magazines and maps. And
a piece of Clayton-esque memorabilia: Aerogramme from DG Malaysia Post
on post-War use of train mail service 1961-78 - closed because of lack
of demand. Was Derek C the only customer?
Bill Pain - Anecdotes on the road build from Kuantan to Dungun, prompted
by Andrew’s maps, through swamp requiring sand causeway. Lorry breakdown,
Assistant goes back, Tiger asleep under lorry. When Bill returned all
that was visible were 2 sets of tracks in the sand fortunately going in
Len Stanway - Postcards, sheets, covers and postcards of railways, Johore
Causeway etc. Some bloopers including a set/sheet commemorating old railways
with the correct carriages pulled by a dock shunter (top speed 10 mph).
Penang Hill railway cards including a lucky find – the railway under
construction - a card which was one of the few made for the Malayan Pavilion
for the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.
Nigel Tyre – showed Railway postcards.
Peter Cockburn - North Borneo train marks and stamps (including War Tax,
postmarked March 1942 and one postmarked 6140 not 1940). Second ever ticket
issued on Beaufort to Tenom line when rebuilt after World War Two.
Charles Keel - Singapore steam drawn train system from edge to centre
to compete with gin rickshaws. Postcards of early electric railcars and
early 20th Century railway and points along its route.
Bill Pain - Three items – FMS sorting carriage postmarks 1924, and
Type 26 train letter mark (entered at unspecified place).
David Tett - Burma Thailand Railways Labourers’ Mail plus Post Office
and Railway Officials, including cards to and from Malaya to BTR. Rare
Rob Holley – Train mail plus postcards including Tapah Road Teluk
Anson Branch line where, at the end of the 19th Century, a bull elephant
charged and derailed a train, plus postcard of said elephant, post collision
and defunct. Also, postcard of Empire Hotel which was connected with the
real-life affaire passionelle of 1911 that was the basis of Somerset Maughan’s
novel “The Letter”.
Gordon Peters – Postcards and forgeries of train letters sent and
cancelled at office of origin.
Malcolm Clarke – Stationery of FMS railways used for letter to Sweden.
The 8c 1957 pictorial cover and plate blocks.
Jeremy Gaskell – Photo of 4-6-2 engine in Kuala Lumpur exhibition.
Joe Robertson – Three postage dues.
Susan McEwen – Johore Railways postcards.
Carl Stott – Railway magazines.
Martin Roper – A book: The Development of British Malaya 1896-1909
for which several members asked for copies of pages or chapters.