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 Although not technically revenue stamps, the Railways Charges stamps were introduced in 1890 fo facilitate the method of prepaying charges for carrying newspapers and parcels by train.


The 1925 NZR Railway Charges stamps were normally overprinted before use with the station names to help keep the possibility of fraud to a minimum. Different styles of overprint may be seen including: Upper-case typewritten letters, Seriffed Upper-case letters, Seriffed upper and lower-case letters and a station number and name. There were applied horizontally or sideways, reading up or down and occasionally may be forund doubly printed - plenty of variety for the specialist! Overprints from some smaller stations are extremely scarce and are worth a premium.


In December 1904 the NZR Department commisioned six different designs for a new issue of stamps. These were to be denominated 1/2d, 1d, 2d, 3d, 6d and 1/-. The proposed issue was supressed by the postmaster general, however imperforate die proofs in a number of different colours exist and are priced from $150 for a single and $750 for a set.


c1890 Railways Newspaper

NZR29001   1/2d Black

NZR29002   1d Violet

NZR29003   2d Blue

NZR29004   3d Brown

NZR29005   3d Yellow

NZR29006   4d Rose

NZR29007   6d Green


c1890 Railways Parcel

NZR29008   3d Black

NZR29009   6d Green


c 1890 Railways Freight

NZR29010   1/- Blue

NZR29011   5/- Red


1921 Railways Charges

NZR29012   1/2d Black

NZR29013   1d Violet

NZR29013a  1d Violet (No Stop)

NZR29014   2d Blue

NZR29015   3d Yellow

NZR29016   6d Green

NZR29017   8d Yellow-Green

NZR29018   9d Red-Brown

NZR29019   1/- Brown

NZR29020   1/6 Dark Blue

NZR29021   2/- Pink

NZR29022   2/6 Grey

NZR29023   5/- Crimson

NZR29024   10/- Plum



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