Philadelphia, PA Engineer Dead at Throttle, Feb 1907


Limited Rushes Through Philadelphia With Corpse at Throttle.

Philadelphia. -- The Congressional Limited train on the Pennsylvania railroad which leaves Washington for New York at four o'clock, ran through this city Wednesday night at terrific speed with the engineer, JOSEPH TOMS, dead at the throttle.
Shortly after the train left West Philadelphia, the fireman, HARRY MICHNER, noticed the speed of the train was unusual. MICHNER called to TOMS but received no answer and when the train rushed through Fairmount Park and neared North Philadelphia, the fireman climbed over the big boiler into the engineer's cab to find TOMS dead with his hand on the throttle. His head was hanging out of the cab window and had been crushed by striking some object along the road.

The Stevens Point Journal Wisconsin 1907-02-16