JNR (Japanese National Railways) steam locomotive D51 440 was a 2-8-2 and was one of 1,115 examples of this design of mikadopacific built between 1936 and 1951 according to Wikipedia. This shot depicts no. 440 leaving Kure with a down freight after waiting for the arrival of an up passenger train from hiroshima on 30/5/55.
Amazingly, 170 examples of this class of 2-8-2 are preserved.
[Mike Morant collection]