I was up at the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke Virginia last weekend to take a look at the sole survivor of the Norfolk and Western’s Y5, Y6, Y6a, and Y6b classes. This thing is BIG!! It is the strongest-pulling steam locomotive in the world. Too bad it is not operational. I was hanging around talking to some of the railroad guys that work there. This locomotive could actually be restored to a running state. There is no corrosion and only a few missing parts. The only thing missing is the money to restore it – probably several million dollars. The Norfolk Southern Steam shop in Birmingham still exists and still has a crew of workers working on other restorations, so everything is in place people and skill-wise to restore this engine.
Wow. Wouldn’t it be something to see it run again!