Two criminals (Lou and Wes) take over Betty Fisher's small rural railway station at gunpoint. They matter-of-factly tell her that they plan to use her station's track switch to cause the crash of a high speed train carrying $750,000 in government currency. They gleefully advise Betty that they will be able to steal the currency and escape in the confusion caused by the injuries and deaths resulting from the crash. The terrified woman maintains sufficient presence of mind to leave her communications microphone open so that Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams are able to learn of her plight and of the need to redirect the train. They reach the station with only minutes to spare and are able to shoot Wes when he tries to force his way out. However, Dan must take drastic action when Lou tries to take Betty as a hostage. Written by
The railroad station seen in this episode was located at approximately 4477 E. Los Angeles Ave. in Santa Susanna. It was dismantled and moved to a nearby railroad museum in the '70s. A building seen in the background across the street is still standing. See more »
The robber stated he had spent a lot of time on his plan, yet he failed to realize the train cars parked on the siding before and after the station would have caused the train to derail into the station, killing everyone inside, including the robbers. See more »
In the United States today, a major crime is committed every eleven seconds. Even isolated areas cannot escape this fearful toll. And men of the Highway Patrol must constantly protect even a lonely railroad way station. To Betty Fisher, tending a remote flag stop and depot for the railroad is a quiet, peaceful job. But even here there can be violence and murder - especially when nearly a million dollars is at stake.
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