Lot Number: 382

(Ephemera) 'The Manx Section', Railway Air Services Ltd, "Railway Air Services 6th April 1936,, Manchester-Liverpool-Blackpool-Isle of Man, original official company timetable listing departure and arrival times, ticket regulations, passenger and freight fares, booking facilities and air/rail combined fares, red/white/green, 4pp 1pp, 9x22cm.

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Date: Timetables, brochures
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: 'The Manx Section', Railway Air Services Ltd, "Railway Air Services 6th April 1936,, Manchester-Liverpool-Blackpool-Isle of Man, original official company timetable listing departure and arrival times, ticket regulations, passenger and freight fares, booking facilities and air/rail combined fares, red/white/green, 4pp 1pp, 9x22cm.
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Lot Number: 254

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Rare commercial airmail  PALESTINE TO INDIA, JERUSALEM TO RAMNA, by Palestine Railway to Gaza, then by Imperial Airways eastbound service IE 234 which left Gaza 20/9 on Satyrus,  arriving Karachi 22/9 on Hannibal, and on by surface to Ramna 26/9. Plain cover franked 18mls, etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Karachi/Cancelled/22 Sep' hs. On this flight Satyrus made a record flight across the Mediterranean from Greece to Egypt in 4 1/2 hours, see wingent p103.

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Date: 1933, Sep 19
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Rare commercial airmail PALESTINE TO INDIA, JERUSALEM TO RAMNA, by Palestine Railway to Gaza, then by Imperial Airways eastbound service IE 234 which left Gaza 20/9 on Satyrus, arriving Karachi 22/9 on Hannibal, and on by surface to Ramna 26/9. Plain cover franked 18mls, etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Karachi/Cancelled/22 Sep' hs. On this flight Satyrus made a record flight across the Mediterranean from Greece to Egypt in 4 1/2 hours, see wingent p103.
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Lot Number: 136

(GB Internal) Great Western Railway, first airway letter, Plymouth to Cardiff, franked 1 1/2d, canc 'Cardiff/ 1.15pm/12 Apr/1933' cds with slogan "The Telephone Saves Time/Money" (Redgrove 's type A7, see p11), purple double line oval cachet "Parcels Department/GWR Plymouth (North Road)/12 April 1933" applied at Plymouth only.  At  Plymouth 3d copies of the prepaid newspaper parcel label were not available (Redgrove P10).

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Date: 1933, Apr 12
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Great Western Railway, first airway letter, Plymouth to Cardiff, franked 1 1/2d, canc 'Cardiff/ 1.15pm/12 Apr/1933' cds with slogan "The Telephone Saves Time/Money" (Redgrove 's type A7, see p11), purple double line oval cachet "Parcels Department/GWR Plymouth (North Road)/12 April 1933" applied at Plymouth only. At Plymouth 3d copies of the prepaid newspaper parcel label were not available (Redgrove P10).
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Lot Number: 152

(GB Internal) Railway Air Services F/F wartime airmail service,  Belfast to Liverpool, for the carriage of surcharged mail. Etiquette cover franked 3d canc Caernarvon 31 Aug 1941 cds,  large red 'RAS/1 September 1941' cachet.. Sent by rail to Speke airport and flown in a Dragon Rapide DH 89 G-AFFF by a pilot released from the RAF. The service qualified for an Air Ministry subsidy and the GPO bore the cost less the amount of the subsidy and revenue from passengers who were carried subject to space allowed by the mail. See Railway Air Services, John Stroud, 1987.

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Date: 1941, Sep 1
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Services F/F wartime airmail service, Belfast to Liverpool, for the carriage of surcharged mail. Etiquette cover franked 3d canc Caernarvon 31 Aug 1941 cds, large red 'RAS/1 September 1941' cachet.. Sent by rail to Speke airport and flown in a Dragon Rapide DH 89 G-AFFF by a pilot released from the RAF. The service qualified for an Air Ministry subsidy and the GPO bore the cost less the amount of the subsidy and revenue from passengers who were carried subject to space allowed by the mail. See Railway Air Services, John Stroud, 1987.
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Lot Number: 149

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving cachet. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving cachet. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 153

(GB Internal) Railway Air Services, inauguration of a new service from Liverpool to Belfast, plain cover franked 5 1/2d to include air fee of  3d and inland postage of 2 1/2d, censored under wartime restrictions.  Airmail from Northern Ireland gave no advantage over surface mail.

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Date: 1941, Sep 1
Est. price: £12.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Services, inauguration of a new service from Liverpool to Belfast, plain cover franked 5 1/2d to include air fee of 3d and inland postage of 2 1/2d, censored under wartime restrictions. Airmail from Northern Ireland gave no advantage over surface mail.
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Lot Number: 146

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, new timetable, Liverpool replaces Manchester and Birmingham, first direct flight Liverpool to Belfast, airmail etiquette cover posted on arrival, franked 1 1/2d canc Belfast/1 Nov/34 cds, also fine boxed purple 'Railway Air Service 3d paid' and 'Liverpool, Lime St' and 'First Flight' cachets applied in Liverpool. This was the first time that Liverpool was put into regular aerial communication with Scotland and Ireland.

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Date: 1934, Nov 1
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, new timetable, Liverpool replaces Manchester and Birmingham, first direct flight Liverpool to Belfast, airmail etiquette cover posted on arrival, franked 1 1/2d canc Belfast/1 Nov/34 cds, also fine boxed purple 'Railway Air Service 3d paid' and 'Liverpool, Lime St' and 'First Flight' cachets applied in Liverpool. This was the first time that Liverpool was put into regular aerial communication with Scotland and Ireland.
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Lot Number: 145

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, a rare first flight, Douglas to Birmingham via Manchester, bs Birmingham 21 Aug 34, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to Birmingham, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to Birmingham". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are very rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am. Only 10 such are known and even fewer have back stamps.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, a rare first flight, Douglas to Birmingham via Manchester, bs Birmingham 21 Aug 34, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to Birmingham, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to Birmingham". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are very rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am. Only 10 such are known and even fewer have back stamps.
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