|Because of his personal association with the N&W and the men who designed, maintained and ran
those magnificent transportation machines, Ed King has produced a wonderfully complete account
of the N&W's finest locomotives. The details-from necessity, to design and construction, through
operations, thence to their inexplicably sudden demise are all there in a fascinating word-picture.
... If anyone has any doubt about the A's status among the nations's best steam power, it will be
shattered...From the foreword by Robert A. Le Massena.
The background to the A history includes a short history of the N&W's Roanoke Machine Works,
later simply Roanoke Shops, and locomotive designs preceding and leading to the A. The class A
locomotives are then followed throughout their service lives with major and minor modifications notes, and comparisons made with other well-known steam locomotives considered of superior design. The
rebirth of the A 1218 is also covered in words and photos.
Over 200 black & white and 27 color photos, drawings and index. Introduction by Bill Withuhn.
Hardcover with dust cover, 212 pages
By Ed King