On October 17, 1872 engineer
John Bartholomew was bringing his train up to Virginia
City sometime around 5:30 a.m. The train, pulled by locomotive No.
11, the Reno, pounded around the curve and rolled into the 650 ft. American
Flat tunnel. Halfway through, Bartholomew caught sight of deep red
flames and smoke ahead. He reacted by jerking the throttle wide open.
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more about the bravery of John Bartholomew.
Nevada State Railroad Museum