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The Railroad Engineer (1912)

Tom Benson, the engineer of the Nightingale, is the pride of the station and John Butler, the dispatcher, freely gave his consent that Tom should woo his daughter May. So they were engaged.... See full summary »

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Tom Benson - the Railroad Engineer
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May Butler - Tom's Sweetheart
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Tom Benson, the engineer of the Nightingale, is the pride of the station and John Butler, the dispatcher, freely gave his consent that Tom should woo his daughter May. So they were engaged. One day at the end of his run he sees one of his frequent passengers, a flip drummer, flirting with his sweetheart May, who likes the city man's attention. That night at a barn dance Tom is much neglected by his sweetheart, and Dick Thompson, the drummer, gets most of May's dances. Next day the dispatcher's daughter takes her accustomed walk along the track to see Tom's train pass. She is joined by Thompson and he suggests that they sit down in the shade under a trestle. During the flirtation, Thompson carelessly throws a cigarette stub behind him which alights among the dry brushwood, which takes fire and blazes up towards the structure. There is no way of stopping the fire and the train is due at the viaduct. May implores Thompson to walk the trestle and flag the train, but he is terror stricken ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 May 1912 (USA)  »

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A Railroad Engineer  »

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