Donovan "fired" for Engineer Tracy on the fast freight run. The manly ways of "the big fireman had completely won little Kitty Carlin, the daughter and assistant of John Carlin, station ... See full summary »

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Donovan "fired" for Engineer Tracy on the fast freight run. The manly ways of "the big fireman had completely won little Kitty Carlin, the daughter and assistant of John Carlin, station agent at Hillsdale. Donovan adored Kitty, but dared not tell her of his love. The regular Sunday excursion train to the lake left Perrin Station, half-way down the mountain, loaded with women and children. It was followed by the fast freight with Tracy at the throttle and Donovan "firing." All went well until the steep south grade was reached, when Tracy looked down across the double reverse curve that stretched three miles below. The excursion train had slowed down a bit to keep on schedule time, so Tracy applied the air brakes to avoid getting too close to the other train on the grade. They failed to work. He quickly called Donovan and together they worked at the brakes, the forty heavily laden box cars behind, fast gaining momentum and pushing the now useless engine ahead at increasing speed. Then ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The railroad scenes are all fine
6 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A railroad love story, clear, well acted and pleasing. The fireman, Donovan, loves the station master's pretty daughter. His engineer also is in love with her. Their train, a freight, is following an excursion train, when on a down grade the air brakes refuse to work. The engineer proves a coward, and the fireman stays by the engine and averts a catastrophe. Edna Flugrath, with her pleasing self and her good acting, makes an interesting heroine. Bigelow Cooper is an acceptable Donovan. Charles Ogle plays the engineer, William Wadsworth the conductor, and John Sturgeon the station master; all are natural. The railroad scenes, including the rush down the grade and the climax, are all fine. The audience seemed to be enjoying it, and it ought to be generally popular. - The Moving Picture World, December 14, 1912


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