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Railroader Johnny Bartholomew

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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Photo Credit:
Nevada State Railroad Museum