The Runaway Engine
Release Date
6 January 1911

The Runaway Engine (1911)

Short, Drama
Allan Peters, just out of college, the son of a railroad president, calls at his father's office. The indignant parent suggests that as he has studied hard for several years, a trip to Europe would be in order. Allan, however, tells his father he is ready to go to work and wants to begin at once. Further, that he wants to learn the railroad business from the bottom up and asks for an opportunity to start as a fireman. While following his vocation he meets the daughter of Steve Martin, his engineer and falls in love at first sight. Industriously prosecuting his suit they become formally engaged and Allan advises his father by wire. The receipt of the message angers President Peters. He orders his private car got ready and hurries to the division where Allan is employed in an effort to rescue him from what he terms a misalliance. While the president's car is bowling along at a high speed the following message is flashed over the wire: "Runaway engine on the main line, notify all stations." This message being received at the station where Grace is employed as telegraph operator, her heart is filled with consternation as she knows the president's special is coming down the line. Rushing out in the yards she tries to find her father, but failing in her efforts, she mounts his engine unaided and drives it at terrific speed towards the coming runaway. When the wild engine comes in sight she slows down her engine, jumps for her life and allows the two engines to crash together, thus saving the president's special from a head-on collision with the wild engine. The president's engineer, looking down the track, sees the wreck and brings his train to a stop about opposite where Grace has jumped. The president and trainmen seeing the unconscious body of the girl lying along the track, rush to her assistance. She is quickly restored to consciousness and found unhurt as the result of her wild leap. Explanations quickly take place. The president, realizing the wonderful courage displayed by the girl in her effort to save his train, quickly withdraws his objections to his son's engagement. - Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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