Special contribution-Prashant Pandya
As a part of celebration of 150 years of arrival of railway at Vadodara, non competitive philatelic exhibition on Railway theme was organized from 11th January to 13th January 2011 at Railway Auditorium by Divisional Railway HQ, Western Railway, Vadodara with support of India Post and Baroda Philatelic Society. Shri R. N.Verma, General Manager of Western Railway inaugurated the exhibition.
Exhibits on railway theme were displayed in 18 Frames including one frame of Match Box labels on Railway theme. Original Print of Illustrated London News dated 23rd May 1863 which published news about the introduction of Bullock Tram between Dabhoi – Miyagam in Baroda State in 1862 was also on display. India Post has opened philatelic counter at the exhibition for sale of philatelic material.
A Special Cover was also released on the occasion to mark 150 years of arrival of railway at Vadodara. Special Cover was released by Postmaster General Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan of Vadodara Region and presented to Shri R. N.Verma, General Manager of Western Railway. Special Cover depicts old railway station of Vadodara, railway route of 1870 and newly constructed railway station building towards Alkapuri (West Side of Vadodara). Cancellation design depicts newly constructed railway station building towards Alkapuri. Special Cover and Cancellation were designed by Mr. Sapan Jhaveri (www.indianstamps.com) and the concept of designs was of Mr. Prashant Pandya