Russian railway station - Vokzal

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От: Ian Billings (ian.billings@argonet.co.uk)
Дата: Sun May 16 1999 - 11:00:50 EDT


Collectors of Russian Postal History are aware that the Russian for 'railway
station' is Vokzal.

Questions have been asked, and I have given possible answers myself on
previous occasions. Now an answer in Gibbons Stamp Monthly October 1998:

"The reason dates back to the very first demonstration of railways in
Tsarist Russia, when a British organisation built a short lebght of track
and ran trains up and down carrying enthralled notables from a specially
erected miniature station. Naturally the station needed signs with its name
on; the one chosen - nobody knows why - was 'Vauxhall' in South London."
        So we now have the definitive(?) answer, but still not the whole
story!

Distribute freely through Rossica etc, and please - if anybody has a
different 'definitive' answer, please tell me.

Ian Billings
Norvic Philatelics
http://members.xoom.com/norvic/

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