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.