Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.

The MSG Spink London Meeting on November 26th 2011 Railway Mail of Malaya


Pictures by Susan Mc Ewen. Report by Dominic Morris.



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A genuine Train Mail mark in Malay

  A Fake 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 opposition directions.

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 material.

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.












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