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Marietta's Steam Locomotive

This narrow-gauge (36-inch) 2-6-0 locomotive, built in 1916 by Glover Machine Works of Marietta, sits across the tracks from Marietta’s old passenger depot. Constructed as Glover No. 81421, it was sold to the Coulbourn Bros. Lumber Company of Suffolk, Virginia, which operated it as No. 4. In 1923 it was returned to Glover. It was restored in 1991-92.

In the 1990s, much of the Glover locomotive-building tools and equipment, along with unfinished locomotives, various parts, and company records were moved to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History at nearby Kennesaw. There they have been assembled into a reproduction of the Glover factory, forming one of the museum's principal exhibits.

The photograph above was made in 1995 by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record. For a higher-resolution image, see this page at the Library of Congress web site.

Plant of the Glover Machine Works. (From: Advantages of Georgia for those desiring homes in a genial climate. Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, 1904. Online at Internet Archive here.)

Advertisement for Glover locomotives, 1911

From: Lumber Trade Journal, May 15, 1911.


For more information on this engine and the company that built it, see Richard L. Hillman’s book Glover Steam Locomotives; The South’s Last Steam Builder, published in 1996 by Heimburger House Publishing of Forest Park, Illinois. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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