After acquiring the locomotive, Kirby contacted the museum about his new item. Kirby will make the trip to Ohio this week to retrieve the locomotive, and asked the Kennesaw museum if it would like to showcase it for a few hours before he continues to Florida.
Kirby said Glover Machine Works built about 200 locomotives from 1902 through the 1930s. Out of those, only seven are known to still exist and only two are complete.
The Southern Museum has two Glovers that are partially complete on display. A third Glover that is complete, but not operational, is in the parking lot on the other side of the railroad tracks in front of the Marietta Welcome Center on Depot Street.
The visiting engine will be displayed alongside a coal car, a part of the train once needed to carry coal for burning to power the steam engine. Experts will be on hand to talk in depth about the locomotive to residents.
Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, said the Glover locomotive was designed for logging operations and other industrial uses. After it was built, Banz said the locomotive was transferred to Springfield, South Carolina. After 30 years in service, it was sold to an amusement park in Florida and later placed on display outside a restaurant before the Ohio owner purchased it.
The Southern Museum is known as the home of “The General,” the locomotive at the center of the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase. It also has an exhibit, Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South, dedicated to the company. The exhibit includes a reproduction of a belt-driven locomotive assembly line and a pattern shop.
Banz said he hopes the community will come see one of the last remaining relics of the early 20th century that was manufactured in Cobb County.
“It’s an opportunity to see history that returns home, if just for one day,” he said.
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is at 2829 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw and wiill display the Glover from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.
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