“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Mammoth Cave in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Engine No. 4

Engine No. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2012
1. Engine No. 4 Marker
The Mammoth Cave Railroad Company used four 04-2T-type “dummy” engines to pull cars along its branch line. Steam engines work by burning fuel to heat water to produce steam under high pressure. The pressurized steam is then channeled through a valve into a piston, forcing the piston to move the wheels.

Deceptively strong for their small size, these locomotives pulled coaches laden with passengers and freight up and down the hills and hollows between Glasgow Junction and Mammoth Cave. The most famous of these engines, No. 3, came to be known as “Hercules.” But even Hercules had trouble going uphill when mischievous local boys soaped the rails…
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 11.064′ N, 86° 5.932′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Click for map. Marker is within Mammoth Cave National park, along the Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail. This 9-mile bicycle and hiking recreational trail follows the old Mammoth Cave Railroad bed. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Cave KY 42259, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mammoth Cave Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. ¼ mile away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. 3.5 miles away); Union City: Cave Crossroads (approx. 3.6 miles away); Locust Grove Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sand Cave (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mammoth Cave.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Mammoth Cave Railroad (1886-1931)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo   1. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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