Near Mammoth Cave in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Engine No. 4
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 11.064′ N, 86° 5.932′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Marker is within Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Cave KY 42259, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mammoth Cave Railroad (a few steps from this marker); World Treasure Saved (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Guide's Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mammoth Cave National Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. ¼ mile away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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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