The Perth Mint and Australia Post have brought out special stamps and a unique coin that commemorate the Centenary of the iconic Trans-Australian Railway Service.
The two $1 Stamps which appear on the First day Cover (FDC) feature vintage travel posters.
Below the train and separated by a horizontal line of tracks are the dates "1917-2017". The Mint's "P" mint mark is depicted on the centre right periphery and appears to the right of the steam engine locomotive.
On the Obverse of the Australian $1 coin is depicted a profile of Queen Elizabeth facing right, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley whose initials (IRB) appear below the Queen's neck. The peripheral inscriptons are - "ELIZABETH II.AUSTRALIA.2017. 1 DOLLAR".
The specifications of this coin are:
In 1912, Commonwealth Railways was established to oversee the planning and implementation of the Trans-Australian Railway. Work began on a new Railway Line between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
On 22.10.1917, the train commenced operating between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie following the completion of the Trans-Australian Railway.
In 1937, it was extended to Port Pirie following the conversion of this line to Standard Gauge.
Initially, the train was hauled by G-Class locomotives (The Commonwealth Railways G-Class fuel locomotives were a class of Standard Gauge locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works (12engines), Clyde Engineering (4 Engines) and Toowoomba Foundry (10 engines) all built between 1914-1917).
In 1951, the train was hauled by GM Class diesel-electric locomotives (built by Clyde Engineering, Granville between 1951-1967).
Originally the train provided only sleeping accommodation but from 1981 onwards seated accommodation was provided on the train.
As recession set in, with cheaper air fares, the train service was stopped from June 1991 onwards.
Newer Railway services have replaced the iconic train - present day.
The iconic Railway commenced operations after five years of arduous construction work across the Nullabor Desert.
Stretching across 1,693 kilometres of Auustralia's driest and most isolated terrain, the Trans-Australian Railway was completed on 17.10.1917.
The Railway provided the nation-building infrastructure that linked the East and Western coasts of Australia. It also delivered the platform for successful negotiations to encourage Western Australia to join the Commonwealth of Australia and establish the Australian Federation.
The Railway was by far the first major enterprise/work of a federated Australia and helped in giving the newly formed Commonwealth Nation a sense of National unity.
The Trans-Australian Railway line radically shortened travel and communication time. Mail delivery from Adelaide to Perth was cut by two days and East-bound travellers who took the train, arrived in Melbourne 3 days earlier than those making the journey by ship. Moreover, the Railway was accessible to all classes of Australians - rich or poor.
Links to Posts on Australia, New Zealand and countries and Overseas Territories of the South Pacific on this blog:
1) Bank of Papua New Guinea: 36th Anniversary Celebrations (1973-2008): A Commemorative Uncirulated Coin Set consisting of a 2 Kina Banknote & a 2 Kina Coin
2) Papua New Guinea: An uncirculated coin set brought out in 1995 commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Independence
3) Currency & Coinage of the Soloman Islands: Dollars and Cents
4) New Zealand: New Banknote "Seventh Series" issued under Project "Brighter Money" from 2015 onwards
5) Coinage of the French Polynesian Island of Caledonia (or Nouvelle Caledonie) the CFP Franc
6) French Institution for issuing uniform currency/coinage for French Overseas Territories in the Pacific and the French Southern Territories of Antarctica: The Institut d'emmission d'outre Mer (IEOM)
7) Currency & Coinage of Samoa: Tala and Sene
8) Currency of the South Pacific Island Country of Fiji
9) Coinage of New Zealand: A commemorative coin set issued in 1979
10) Currency and Coinage of Australia: Dollars and Cents
11) The Australian Emblem or the Coat of Arms
12) The story of the Australian Penny
13) The Legend of the Mutiny on the Bounty: A Commemorative Coin Set from the Pitcairn Islands depicting relics from the Bounty issued in 2009
14) An Australian $5 coin issued in 1996, commemorating Australia's greatest cricketing legend - Sir Donald Bradman
15) New Series/Generation of Australian Banknotes being introduced from 01.09.2016 onwards starting from $5 issues
16) Southern Lights: A $1 Silver holographic coin issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in January 2017
17) Currency & coinage of the Kingdom of Tonga : Pa'anga & Seniti
18) Postage Stamps & Coin: Commemorating the Centenary of the Trans-Australian Railway Line stamps issued by Australia Post & coins by Perth Mint on 04.07.2017
Links to interesting posts on coins from Tuvalu Islands:
1)Famous Pirates of the Caribbean :2) Edward Teach or "BlackBeard"
2)Famous Pirates of the Caribbean: 3)Bartholomew Roberts or Black Bart Roberts
3)Famous Pirates of the Caribbean:4)Jack Rackham
4)Famous-pirates-of- the Caribbean : 5) Henry Avery
5)Famous Pirates of the Caribbean : 6) Sir Henry Morgan
6)Norse Goddess Freya - a Silver 2 Dollars High Relief antiquated Coin , the first in the Series titled "Norse Goddesses" (2017)
Other interesting links to posts from Cook Islands minted by Coin Invest Trust:
1) Brexit : Britain's exit from the EEC : Coins issued by the Cook islands in the denomination of $1, $5 and $ 20 in 2016
2) 150th Anniversary of "The Great Tea Race - 1866": Commemorative Coins in the denomination of 10 and 2 Dollars issued by Cook Islands in 2016
3) The Mystical Ancient Egyptian Labyrinth depicted on $10 Silver coins issued by Cook islands in 2016, under its "Milestones of Mankind Series".
4) King Arthur: The first coin in the six coins "Camelot Series".
5) Quilling Art: Silver 2 Dollars coins issued - Flowers (2016) & Bird (2017)
Links to posts on issues from the Republic of Palau:
5) Republic of Palau issues "Sand Dollars": Silver & Gold 1$ coins