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Article: Train engineer Savacool saves the day - Pottstown, PA, Jan 24 (1881?)

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Article: Train engineer Savacool saves the day - Pottstown, PA, Jan 24 (1881?)

Posted: 8 Feb 2004 1:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Jan 2006 8:32PM GMT
Surnames: SAVACOOL
A CRACKED WHEEL.

THE COOLNESS OF AN ENGINEER ON THE READING RAILROAD.

Avoiding an Accident by Presence of Mind.
Special Despatch* to THE PRESS.

POTTSTOWN [PA], January 24 [prob 1881].-- As the express train on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, leaving Broad Street depot at 4 o’clock this evening, was nearing Mill Creed Station, Engineer Savacool heard the wheels of the engine crack. He quickly reversed the locomotive, put on the breakes* and jumped on the top of the boiler, calling to the fireman to do the same. Scarcely had he done so before a large piece of the driver crashed through the board on which he had but a moment before been standing; his coolness saved a serious disaster to the train for a few minutes of rapid running would have resulted in breaking the entire rim of the wheel. After a delay of an hour the engine of the Pottstown gravel train was brought into service and pulled the train to Reading.

* spelling left as shown in article

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