As stated in an earlier post, I love steam powered locomotives. The one pictured here is the 1218. Built in 1943, it was one of the strongest pulling machines ever built in the world. I had a chance to to ride in a car pulled by her about 22 years ago. We went from Birmingham to Chattanooga and back again. Norfolk & Western decided in 1992 to discontinue the excursions and have her scrapped, but the public had other plans. She was restored to her original specs and placed on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke Virginia. I hope one of these days to travel to Roanoke to visit this beautiful beast again.
“Life Goes On!”