Wheeling & Lake Erie class J-1 4-8-2 No. 6806, a locomotive with a story to tell, poses for an unidentified photographer at an equally unspecified location. She began life as a Norfolk & Western class K-3 4-8-2, probably No. 205, erected by the railroad's Roanoke shops in 1926. The ten engines of this class weighed 401,900 pounds and developed 69,813 pounds of tractive effort. Their main rods drove on the third set of 63-inch drivers, both features unusual for a Mountain type but common for a Mikado; as a result they were restricted to low-speed drag service. They had a boiler pressure of 220 p.s.i. and cylinder dimensions of 28x30 inches. Grate area measured 84 square feet, with 4834 square feet of evaporative heating surface and 1380 square feet of superheating surface. In 1944 the N&W sold six of the K-3s to the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac and four to the Denver & Rio Grande Western, but in 1948 the W&LE bought all ten engines third-hand; No. 6806 was presumably in the RF&P group. In 1951, with absorption of the W&LE into the Nickel Plate, she became NKP 846 but was scrapped in 1954. This photo purchased on eBay, which shows the locomotive as W&LE 6806, was therefore probably taken between 1948 and 1951.