Ride of his Life Frank Soday Dec 1896
is A TERRIBLE RIDE FOR LIFE. Thrilling Kiprrleiicc of Grmnvllle Trnln- men—Narrowly Kncapril Death. Some Greenville trainmen had an experience experience a few nights ago that ili'-y will not care to have repeated. Tin- night before Christmas P. S. it L E freight train extra 29 left Greenville for a 58- mile run to Butler. The crew was made up as follows:|Frank Soday. conductor; M. F. Perkins, engineer; John Potter, fireman; Win. Livingstone, H. ] Smith and D. Hatcher, trainmen. Nothing ! unusual happened till the big trestles at Euclid were p issetl. SeVetal miles be- ; low, just this side of Muddy Cteck, the ; train broke u; two. Tut- sign.il was \ given and ihe lioni cud pulh d out lively ' until the rent end con d he stopp d , This is no child's play, but nothing compared lo whai foliowrd. Trainman Smith, near the rear ol t.ie trout end. j suddenly discovered thai the rear end j had liroken in t*u and that seven 01 eight cars, without a person on tiitin, were msliing down ihe urade after the front end Smim si^tulled the engineei and ihen his lantern went out. Bsiikms saw the signal and he beg m lo cut |oo>«' at a hot pact- Everybody held on like grim death ami grim death was in hot pursuit, in H few mil utes th-.; speed be came Umtic and 75 n:i c es an hour was the clip as the train shot through ihe 1 ttle coal stti'eiv.ent at Oneida. The engine chnggrd and n .need and on short curves tin- outside w heels churned the ait. coming do.vn on the i.uls aiiain with a v.clous j,ir, A fountain i'f lire pourt d out ol the stack an. 1 , -witch lamps flew by like mef-ots. The f.oul section now parted and a ne v v u:rn>i was added, while loose cars behind came on faster and laster like demons. As all railroad men know empty cars on a grade will overtake the fleetest locomotive locomotive and just ' clow Oneida a crash told everyone on board that ihe race was over Perkins .-.hut nil steam, but the train's momentum carried it In e mil. s. showing that ihe sp-ed was ter- rilic. Finding that no one was killed, the crew ex miined the '.rain It wa* in Six pieces and luinieen dr.iwhead-» were crushed 1. was a terrible exptiience.