The opening scene gives us a view of the main yards of a large trans-continental railroad system located on the outskirts of one of our largest cities, the outlines of whose towering skyscrapers can be soon dimly silhouetted against the horizon. Up and down the labyrinth of tracks, trains are constantly passing. Here comes the Overland Flyer, the fastest train on the entire system. Engineer Byrnes, one of the characters of our picture, starts to cross the tracks on his way to report for his run. He sees the approaching flyer and stops to wait for it. As it passes he waves his hand to his fellow engineer in the cab. Passing on through the yard, with its hundreds of waiting engines, some standing idle, others apparently moving up and down in aimless fashion, but all intricate parts of that complex system of runs that makes a railroad time-table almost as reliable as a watch, Engineer Byrnes arrives at the timekeeper's little shanty. He signs the hook and now he is ready for the return ...
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