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150th Anniversary of Austria's Railroad
The block shows the steam locomotive "Austria" with the first railroad train and an electric locomotive of the 1044 series with a modern express train. The occasion of the issuance of this commemorative stamp was the 150th anniversary of Austria's Railroad. After initial trial runs on the stretch connecting Floridsdorf to Deutsch-Wagram on November 13 and 14, 1837, trial runs were carried out a few days later on November 17 with a train pulled by a steam locomotive. The festive opening followed on November 23, 1837. Around 10 a.m. in Floridsdorf a train consisting of the locomotive "Austria", five first-class cars seating 18 passengers each, and three second-class cars seating 24 passengers each set off for Deutsch-Wagram. This day is considered to mark the dawn of rail transportation in Austria. Symbolizing all anniversary celebrations is the motif depicted on the commemorative stamp. It was the product of a contest which the Austrian Railroad announced in the fall of 1985. Out of more than 220 submissions received the jury awarded first prize to the one by Bill Slatterly, an artist living in Vienna.
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