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Mammoth Cave Railroad # 4 steam locomotive (Baldwin dummy 0-4-2T) 1 | by James St. John
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Mammoth Cave Railroad # 4 steam locomotive (Baldwin dummy 0-4-2T) 1

This is the only surviving engine of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, which operated in the late 1800s to early 1900s in west-central Kentucky, USA. The rail line brought tourists from Glasgow Junction (now called Park City) to the northern end of Mammoth Cave Ridge, near Mammoth Cave's Historic Entrance. (For a vintage photo of an operating Mammoth Cave Railroad tourist train, see: www.nps.gov/maca/learn/historyculture/index.htm.) This engine (# 4) is frequently misperceived to have been named "Hercules", which was actually the nickname for engine # 3.

 

This is a dummy 0-4-2T steam locomotive, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1888. It headed the very last train on the Mammoth Cave Railroad. The engine was the last operating dummy steam locomotive in America. It has been restored and put under a protective shelter at Mammoth Cave National Park - it is the best preserved example of this engine type anywhere.

 

Before being used on the Mammoth Cave Railroad, # 4 was used by East End Railway in Memphis, Tennessee as an inner city street train engine.

 

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Taken on June 14, 2011