John Austin - Heaton Norris - LMS 8F
8F LMS Steam Train Blank Birthday or Fathers Day Card by John Austin FGRA
Showing how busy the railways of the 1960s could be, the artist includes among other locomotives a Stanier 8F freight locomotive, Stanier Duchess and an early 08 diesel shunter. Even at this late stage of steam, some sheds continued to out-shop their locos in relatively clean condition, though in many cases this was more down to the crew.
The 8F was a fantastic design, utilising many parts from the earlier Jubilee and Black 5s, though being a dedicated freight engine. A large number had served with the War Department during WWII and a number are now preserved.