The International Union of Railways, other­wise known as UIC was founded in 1922. Its objective is to standardize and improve on the Railways with special regard to inter­national traffic. The UIC is also res­ponsible for ensuring co-ordination and unity of action amongst the International Railway Organisations.
            2. The principal European Railway Adminis­trations, as also a certain number of adminis­trations outside Europe are members of the UIC.
             3. Since 1950, the UIC has set-up 4 new offices, namely,
                   a) The Office for Research and Experi­ments (ORE) for the pooling of
                        means on technical research;
                  b) Information and Publicity Centre of the European Railways (CIPCE)
                       for publicity and public relations regarding the railway activities;
                  c) International Railway Documentation Bureau (B.D.C.) which
                      facilitates exchanges between the railways, and which publishes
                     jointly with the "International Railways Documenta­tion" in four
                 d) The Railway Films Bureau (B.F.C.) which enables information to be
                      exchanged in that field.
              4. The UIC brings out certain publications on matters of railway interest.
                       The publica­tions comprise:
                              i)  A monthly magazine entitled "Rail­way International"
                                  brought out by the 'Joint Executive Committee for
                                 Information' of the International Rail­way Congress
                                 Association (IRCA) and the UIC.
                           ii)    A document entitled "Quarterly Rail­way Statistics,"
                                 showing comparative results of the principal data in rela­tion
                                 to the preceding year;
                           iii)  "International Railway Statistics," showing yearly statistics
                                  of route andtrack miles, rolling stock, traffic, receipts,
                                  expenditure, finance, staff and accidents.
              5. The Indian Railways are associated with the International Union of
                 Railways since 1957. The Union recently celebrated its golden
                  jubilee. These celebrations have a special significance for India
                 because on this occa­sion the UIC held a Colloquium on 'sharing of
                 Railway Knowledge' which was presided over by the Chairman of the
                Indian Railway Board, and was attended by a number of
                representatives from Railways of both deve­loped and developing
                countries all over the world.

 6. The Indian Railways constitute Asia's largest and the world's fourth
                largest railway system. They are also the world's second biggest
               state-owned railway system with route length of over 60,000 km. Of all
               the mem­bers of the UIC, the Indian Railways have the biggest route
               kilometrage. The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department feel privi­leged
              in bringing out a commemorative stamp to mark the golden jubilee of
              the Inter­national Union of Railways.

 7. The stamp design is based on an art work by the well-known French
               artist George Mathieu. Famous as the promoter of Lyrical Abstraction
               of art free from all classical res­trictions and customs, Mathieu has held
              exhibitions of his work in many countries. He is also the innovator of
              Tachism and has specialised in tapestry and porcelain designs.


Overseas orders, if placed with the P & T Department, for the supply of the new stamps and First Day Covers, should be addressed to the Indian Philatelic Bureau, G.P.O., Bombay, and be accompanied by a bank draft or crossed cheque encashable in India.

This list was prepared by Dr. Jinadatha

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