Sunday, 2 December 2012
Trains autos couchettes
The French train service, SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer) still runs trains that will carry your car from Paris to 18 or 19 stations in the country. Unlike the one pictured in this 1970 postcard where the cars travelled behind the sleeper trains, nowadays you travel on a sleeper train and your car travels separately. A similar service in the UK, the Motorail, stopped operating during the 1990s.
In spite of taking a lot of the traffic off the roads, the French authorities have regularly felt the need to run road safety campaigns on their stamps.
I think their messages are all self explanatory. I rather like the design of the last one which I have on a card from 2004, showing a human body overlaid with road maps and wearing a seat belt.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"