This is not Thomas the Tank Engine but an older, very distant cousin. No. 9501 of New York Central subsidiary Kanawha & Michigan was a 2-8-2T type belonging to class H-Xa. She was built by Alco's Brooks works in 1902 with builder's number 26254. John F. Boose of La Grange, Illinois, photographed her in Dickinson, West Virginia, on October 18, 1935. Her original number was 556, and in the 1936 NYC renumbering she became 7180 but was scrapped the following year. With low 49-inch drivers, she had 19x26 cylinders with slide valves, and sustained 200 pounds of boiler pressure. These H-Xa engines weighed 216,000 pounds and produced 32,560 pounds of tractive force. Interestingly this tank engine, designed to run in either direction, has no pilot on the boiler end, but there appears to be a "cowcatcher" pilot on the bunker end suggesting that normal practice was to run bunker-first. The New York Central acquired the K&M, a West Virginia coal road, through its 1922 lease of the Toledo & Ohio Central.