One of the most powerful locomotive classes ever built was the Norfolk & Western's fleet of home-built 4»B-4's. These machines not only carried an elegant. beautiful streamlining but were also very fast, capable of speeds approaching 100 mph! The N&W were master steam builders, arguably better than the commercial manufacturers. and outshopped more than a dozen 4-8-4'5 over a decade's period. The J's handled all of the railroad's top trains. notably the Powhatan Arrow and Pocahontas. but also occasionally found themselves in freight assignments. More than any other railroad the M&W was ﬁercely dedicated to steam technology and had the secondary steam market not collapsed probably would have continued running the motive power into at least the 19603. The Norfolk & Western did not boast an expansive passenger ﬂeet. even during the streamliner age. Interestingly. the railroad worked in conjunction nearly as much with other systems in moving their trains as it did its own. The N&W's three top services included the Cavalier. Pocahontas. and Powhatan Arrow (inaugurated after World War II) all of which served Norfolk and Cincinnati] Columbus, the primary end-to-end cities it served. The railroad was also not particularly enamored with the streamliner concept. waiting until after the war to launch its ﬁrst (the Arrow), Despite this, the company went on to build arguably the best 4-8-4 design put into service.