The Norfolk and Western Class A & J book is a great collection of black and white photos of the locomotives in action. More than just a book of photos, the captions tell a story and the book is organized by N&W division. My only “negative” comment is that perhaps the book was published slightly too early since the 1218 and 611 side-by-side action from the 1987 NHRS Convention is not included. Overall, this is highly recommended for the railfan, and especially for the fan of N&W/NS Steam.
The Norfolk and Western Class A and Class J are two of my favorite locomotive types, prime examples of the advanced steam technology that came out of Roanoke, Virginia in the first half of the 20th Century. Two surviving examples (Class J 611 and Class A 1218) were restored to excursion service in the 1980s, but were retired to the Virginia Transportation Museum in the mid-1990s.
Norfolk Southern re-launched a steam program recently and we can hope that one day these mighty locomotives may be under steam once again!