John Austin - North Sea Night Hawk - LNER A3 (W)
Railway Train Steam Locomotive Fathers Day Birthday Card featuring Gresley A3 2577 Night Hawk from a painting by John Austin GRA
A member of Sir Nigel Gresley's much improved A3 class of 4-6-2, 2577 Night Hawk had been built in 1924 as a standard A1. After trials which exposed several weaknesses in the class, Gresley increased boiler pressure and reversed the driving position among other numerous changes. The resulting A3 would be a real winner for both the LNER and BR, serving well into the 1960s.
John Austin's Railway Art Card shows her in LNER Apple Green livery with all the might and majesty as one has come to expect from this artists' work.