Trains

1994 McQueen's Jupiter stamp
March 20, 1869

First Run of McQueen’s Jupiter

The Jupiter, also known as Central Pacific Railroad #60, made its first run on March 20, 1869. Less than two months later, the Jupiter made history as one of the two locomotives that met at Promontory Summit, Utah to mark the completion of America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.

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 US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.
September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

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 US #1006 was issued for the 125th anniversary of the B&O Railroad charter.  It pictures the Tom Thumb race as well as a streamlined diesel train.
August 28, 1830

Tom Thumb Proves the Power of Steam

On August 28, 1830, the Tom Thumb steam locomotive impressed railroad officials during an impromptu race.

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 US #2838h from the 1944: Road to Victory sheet
August 25, 1944

Red Ball Express

On August 25, 1944, the Red Ball Express truck convoy system opened to help rush supplies to soldiers at the front.

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 US #C118 pictures Langley with his Aerodrome No. 5 – the first American heavier-than-air machine to make a free flight of any significant length.
August 22, 1834

Birth of Samuel P. Langley

Samuel Pierpont Langley was born on August 22, 1834, in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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 US #2362 – from the 1987 Locomotives issue
August 8, 1829

The First Steam Locomotive in the U.S.

On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion became the first steam locomotive to be operated in the United States.

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 US #2266 – 1890s tandem bicycle.
July 6, 1894

Bicycle Mail 

On July 6, 1894, a San Francisco businessman operated a short-lived bicycle mail route in San Francisco, complete with his own stamps.

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 US #4547 was issued to honor Owney in 2011.
June 11, 1897

Owney the Postal Dog

On June 11, 1897, the US Railway Mail Service mascot, Owney the Postal Dog, died in Toledo, Ohio.

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 US #2177 from the Great Americans series.
May 19, 1883

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West 

On May 19, 1883, the first Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show opened in Omaha, Nebraska.

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