© Don Marshall 2015
Class A4 - No 4487 Sea Eagle. After the success of the initial batch of A4 locomotives the LNER decided to build more. The first four were painted shades of grey specifically for the Silver Jubilee service. The next batch, introduced in 1936-37, were to be used on principal expresses and so were painted in the standard LNER apple green. For some reason four of them, of which Sea Eagle was one, were painted with the black front end taken back to the first cleading band (boiler band) rather than following the curve of the sloping front. This looked odd and was removed on all four locomotives in under a year.
However, it was one of the A4 liveries and as such is illustrated here. This locomotive had no less than 8 livery changes during its 25 years of service. The name was changed to - Walter K Whigham - in 1947. (another directorial pomposity that sat ill on this beautiful locomotive).
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