This is the last of my railroad pictures. I have done countless others but it was a long time ago and I failed to keep a record of them. The locomotive is Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-2, number 1218. This was the strongest locomotive for tractive effort ever built for American rails. With a top speed of 70 mph, it was used for fast freights, limited passenger service and coal drags where the grades weren't steep. Like the Big Boy, it is an articulated locomotive, technically known as a Mallet (named after the person who created this type). All articulated locomotives have two independent sets of drivers with the rear set rigid to the frame and the lead set allowed to follow the track curvature. It is fascinating to watch these locomotive on tight radius curves because the boiler swings out overhanging the outside bend in the track. 1218 is still around; in the late eighties she saw quite a bit of use hauling excursion trains, of which I was fortunate enough to ride behind. Currently, she is housed in the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, alongside N&W 611.