In this thrilling tale of 60miles-per-hour high speed adventure, the outlaw Blackheart Gang) switches a weapons-laden military train onto the same track as a unscheduled special, with disastrous consequences!
See each sequence of this horrifying tale in colorized photographs and you too will ride the midnight train to Adventure!
About this creation
7:07 PM - Denver Colorado:
The military train pulled by engine 1 is heading out of the yard and onto the main line towards San Francisco. It is crewed by a small group of soldiers, plus fireman Samuel McGee and engineer Joseph W. Jackson.
8:00PM - Carson City, Nevada
In another rail yard, the crew of the unscheduled special charter train pulled by loco number 3 is making sure the engine is spotless and ready to pick up it's party of potential railroad investors. The train is supposed to pass trough Fort Legoredo at 9:30 that evening, where it will let the military train pass by on a side track.
8:40PM - Fort Legoredo
While making his hourly rounds, the station master of the Fort's railway station is ambushed by three Blackheart Gang members, and he is relieved of his switch keys. While trying to escape, he trips on an exposed rock and falls, where upon he is then shot dead.
The switches are set for the freight train to fall into the hands of the gang, when a different whistle is heard from the other end of the track causing the bandits to hurriedly switch the tracks back to allow the special to pass by.
With both train approaching the same switch at the same time, the gang works quickly to allow the passenger train pass by, but still diverting the convoy train.
The engineer and fireman of the military train see what is about to happen and jump to the ground with the iron steed still powering on towards the switched track!
The train reaches the end of the side track and derails, with steam and steel flying everywhere. Horses and cannons are sent scattered across the tracks, and the sleeping soldiers on-board will never wake again.
After stealing all they and their horses can carry, the Blackheart gang set the steam engine to explode, then set off into the darkness. A posse rides out later that night from the local village to check out what made the explosion and they discover the gristly wreck.
Meanwhile, out in the desert, the Blackheart gang begin to plan their next move.