Rufus Trent, engineer of the Fast Mail, is keenly attached to his old engine. When an order comes which results in his being assigned to a new locomotive, the old man is almost heart-broken. Billy Warren, Trent's fireman, is in love with Ruth, the engineer's daughter. He notices that the new engine is wearing the old man down, and later discovers that Trent's sight is rapidly falling. As a result of this only Billy's vigilance averts a serious accident. Billy urges Ruth to persuade her father to retire, but the old man angrily resents the suggestion that he is growing old. And more and more does the safety of the passengers depend upon Billy's alertness. An opportunity for promotion comes, but because it would take him from Trent, the fireman deliberately turns it down. One day, while Billy's attention is claimed by low steam pressure, the old man runs past a danger signal and almost derails the train. His fireman averts a terrible accident in the nick of time. The ignoring of the ...
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