Norfolk and Western Y6a #2156 shows some articulation as it leans into the curve exiting the east portal of Welch Tunnel in Welch, West Virginia. Norfolk Southern train 956 completed the repositioning move this afternoon, having towed 2156 at no more than 25 mph from St Louis to Roanoke in a little over 3 and a half days. Special thanks go to all of the mechanical and operating crews, supervisors, yard personnel, and dispatchers involved, especially Senior General Foreman of Steam Bob Saxtan who worked tirelessy 24/7 to ensure a safe movement. Built in the NW shops in Roanoke in May of 1942, 2156 was retired and moved to the Museum of Transportation in St Louis in 1959. The articulated 2-8-8-2 mallet-type hadn't seen its home territory in 56 years, so this rare opportunity was truely a sight to behold. Photo by Casey Thomason. For more information about Norfolk Southern, visit www.nscorp.com
As the years go by, more and more steam engines are being restored and operating therefore the old expression "steam is dead" is nothing but a false expression. Steam is strong and still ruling the rails.