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Coal for the Rat Hole

K&T #12
Kentucky & Tennessee 2-8-2 steam locomotive No. 12 moves coal to the Southern Railway at Stearns, Kentucky in 1957. The locomotive had a notable history of delivering "Coal to the Rat Hole" (as Ted Rose titled this photograph), the mainline of the Southern named for its many narrow, smoke-filled tunnels. K&T no. 12 was built as Southern no. 4501 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1911. The K&T purchased it in 1948 and used it until ceasing steam operations in 1963. No. 4501 in 1964 moved under its own power to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga for restoration and in 1966 inaugurated the Southern passenger excursion service. TVRM again is restoring it to service to be a part of Norfolk Southern's "21st Century Steam" program. This photograph appears in issue no. 19 of the Center's journal, Railroad Heritage, a special issue, Ted Rose: The Artistís Early Photography.
Alternate Title Kentucky & Tennessee Steam Locomotive #12 (editor's title)
Source Ted Rose Studio
Coverage Spatial, Stearns, Kentucky; Temporal, 1957
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1957
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 14 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Stearns, Kentucky
Image Type Fine art photograph
Equipment, Locomotive 2-8-2 K&T #12, ex-Southern Railway #4501
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1911
Creator Description Born in Milwaukee in 1940 into a family of architects, Ted Rose became enamorated with railroads at the 1949 Chicaog Railroad Fair. By 1956, he had won an art contest. Between 1956 and 1962 he traveled extensively in North America, following the last of steam. He worked summers in the art department of Kalmbach Publishing Co. His work as a fine art photograher ended then, and he turned to watercolor painting with exceptional success. He died in 2002.
Collection Ted Rose Photographs
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