This is yet another rework of an older picture (jpeg) originally made in 2011. The Illinois Central had maintenance shops in Paducah, Kentucky. Right by the flood wall on static display is Illinois Central 2-8-2 "Mikado", number 1518; she’s pretty rusty, not as well maintained as any buff would like to see, but not in a shed or behind a fence either, which makes her accessible for pictures, which is becoming increasingly rare. I was actually somewhat surprised that she still has her light, number boards and bell since she is unprotected. 1516 was built by Lima Locomotive Works in 1923, but a website notes that the squared-off sand dome (at the center of the top of the boiler) is a distinguishing feature of "Paducah built" locomotives of the I.C.R.R.
The 2-8-2 wheel arrangement (2 wheels on the pilot truck, 8 coupled drivers, and 2 on the trailing truck that supports the firebox) became known as "Mikado," or "Mike" in the U.S. The nickname originated from a group of Japanese type 9700 2-8-2 locomotives that were built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for the 3 ft. 6 in. gauge Nippon Railway of Japan in 1897. In the 19th century, the Emperor of Japan was often referred to as "the Mikado" in English. Also, the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado had premiered in 1885 and achieved great popularity in both Britain and America. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
Nikon P7000, ƒ/6.3, 13.0 mm, 1/320 sec @ ISO 200