Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 19-16: Transcontinental Railroad Stamps


On May 10, 2019, in Promontory Summit, UT, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Transcontinental Railroad stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in three designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 18 stamps (Item 570400). The stamps will go on sale nationwide May 10, 2019, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Transcontinental Railroad pane of 18 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

Three new stamps in a pane of 18 mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a massive engineering feat that reduced travel time across the country from as much as 6 months to about 1 week and made the American West an integral part of the nation. Two different stamps feature the Jupiter and the No. 119 locomotives that powered the trains carrying the officers and guests of two train companies to the “Golden Spike Ceremony,” which was held when the two rail lines were joined at Promontory Summit in Utah.

A third stamp portrays the famous golden spike that was a prominent part of the ceremony. Each of the stamps and the header feature gold-foiled highlights that produce a glimmering effect. Art director Greg Breeding designed the issuance. Michael J. Deas painted the Jupiter and No. 119 stamps. Kevin Cantrell illustrated the stamp depicting the ceremonial golden spike and did the border treatments and typography for all three stamps.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 570400, Transcontinental Railroad (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Commemorative Pane of 18 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution will be available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices must also check the amount they will receive in their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Transcontinental Railroad Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by September 10, 2019.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Transcontinental Railroad Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 18 (3 designs)



Issue Date & City:

May 10, 2019, Promontory Summit, UT 84307

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Kevin Cantrell, Salt Lake City, UT


Michael J. Deas, New Orleans, LA


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50,400,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black


Gold Foil

Stamp Orientation:

Horizontal and Vertical

Image Area (w x h):

1.7828 x 1.1592 in./45.283 x 29.444 mm 0.8395 x 1.1592 in./21.323 x 29.444 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.9228 x 1.2992 in./48.839 x 33 mm

0.9795 x 1.2992 in./24.879 x 33 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.82 x 10.32 in./147.828 x 262.128 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

11.64 x 20.64 in./295.656 x 524.256 mm

Plate Size:

72 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: Transcontinental Railroad: 150th Anniversary • Plate number in bottom two corners of pane


©2019 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (570400) • Plate position diagram • Promotional text