Posted by John Simpkins-Camp on July 10, 2013 
A very nice photo of a handsome and historic locomotive! The great composition of this photo hides its true date-- the image could be thirty-five years earlier, 1952 instead of '87. The kudzu is an authentic touch!
Posted by Paul Flaherty on July 11, 2013 
The reference to 2156 is of course the 1942 vintage Class Y6a 2-8-8-2 which N&W built a total of 16. But, I wonder if any examples of the 30 Class Y6bís remain today (also 2-8-8-2) which N&W also built in 3-stages; the last stage consisted of 6 from 1951-1952. It is my understanding that these were the most powerful steam locomotives constructed in the USA with a much higher tractive effort than the UP Big Boys.
Posted by Chuggalugg45 on July 11, 2013 
I believe the 2156 is the Y6a that Sid is talking about it is in St.Louis museum of transportation.
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