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David Jay
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[*] posted on 4/3/2011 at 23:15
Interesting TPO cancel

A 16/8/1879 cancel from the Riga- Mosheiki line, later TPO85-86.
Even though this line was opened after the lines numbered
61-72 to 81-82, TPO 85-86 and TPO 83-84 had the dual (both-ways) marks, TPO 85-86. Not just TPO 85 or TPO 86.
The earliest mark in Kiryushkin and Robinson (with the dual-direction marks) is 13/11/1878. This mark is more than a year earlier, and predates the official opening date for the line in 11/1878. The wording is also curious: "RIGO MOZHEIKOV". I assume this refers to the fact that Mozheiki was in Kovno Gubernia. Anyway, this is train 1, stop 16. Too bad this is just a piece, not a letter!

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[*] posted on 4/8/2011 at 08:25

The rail line from Riga to Mitau opened in 1868. It was extended from Mitau to Mozheiki in 1873, when this postmark was introduced. The abbreviation spelled out is Rigo-Mozheikovskaya zheleznaya doroga. The station number could be six or nine.
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