Although the Central's L-3 and L-4 classes were designed as dual-service power, the older 4-8-2s of the L-1 and L-2 classes were primarily freight engines. The grate area and heating surfaces of the L-2 class provided sufficient steaming capacity to roll heavy freight trains at respectable speed over the system's "Water Level Route" profile. No. 2967, a representative of class L-2d, poses in the yards at Lansing, Michigan in August 1953. Instead of the footboard pilot common on the L-1 and L-2 Mohawks, No. 2967 has the wooden "cowcatcher" pilot applied to many locomotives in road service, both passenger and freight, across the New York Central System. No. 2967 was outshopped by Alco late in 1929 as No. 2467, and assumed its final number in the 1936 system-wide renumbering. This locomotive was dropped from the roster two years after I snapped this photo.