The T&T Wreck of December 29th, 1910

"Tonopah Daily Bonanza" -- December 29th, 30th & 31st, 1910


Engine Explodes Killing Engineer
On T. & T. Railroad

Fatal Accident Occurs When Passenger Engine Explodes Between Beatty and Springdale.
An accident on the Tonopah and Tidewater this morning resulted in the death of the engineer of the northbound passenger, while the fireman reveived burns that may cause his death. The accident happened between Beatty and Hot Springs, when the boiler exploded. Engineer McAttee [sic] was killed instantly, while the escaping steam resulted in the fireman receiving severe burns.
The news of the accident was telegraphed to Goldfield and shortly afterwards the wrecker of the Tonopah and Goldfield railroad, which had been kindly tendered to the T. &T. people, steamed for the south with medical attendance on board for the injured fireman.
Details of the disaster are somewhat meagre and the name of the fireman could not be learned. McAttee [sic] was well known in railroad circles and had a number of acquaintances in Tonopah.
Tonopah Daily Bonanza - December 29th, 1910
Courtesy of the Central Nevada Historical Society
Newspaper photo by John A. McCulloch


Details Of The Railroad Accident
On The T. & T.

Life of Engineer Is Snuffed Out Instantly While Fireman Badly Burned About Body.
Complete details of the accident on the Tonopah and Tidewater railroad yesterday morning that cost the life of the engineer on the northbound passenger train are given in the following article taken from this morning's issue of the Goldfield Tribune. In the article that appeared in last evening's Bonanza the details were lacking as it was impossible to secure the necessary information. However the following gives every detail:
Making an extra run to oblige a fellow employee yesterday cost Engineer David [sic] McEntee, 58 years of age, his life, when the boiler of the northbound Tonopah and Tidewater train exploded about three miles north of Beatty. The life of McEntee was snuffed out instantly, while has (sic) firemen, F. Cadd, was seriously injured. Cadd was struck by a flying piece of metal and in addition sustained severe scalds about the head and right forearm through contact with the escaping steam.
The accident occurred at 5:40 o'clock and was one of the most remarkable disasters on record, in that though the boiler exploded and was not only torn from its base, but hurled 150 feet ahead of the point where the train stopped, not a passenger was aware of anything out of the ordinary until the trainmen made the announcement.
Out in the desert 150 yards from the train lay the steam gauge from the engine, while 100 yards away in another direction lay the air compressor tank.
The body of the dead engineer was found lying alongside the train and Conductor Teer did not notice it in the darkness until he had stumbled over it while running to the engine to discover the cause of the trouble. Lying on the gangway, with his head and face horribly cut and bruised, was Fireman Cadd.
One of the brakemen, discovering a small blaze at the mouth of the broken feed pipe running from the oil tank, crawled under the dismantled engine and turned off the valve, thus preventing the spread of flames to the balance of the train.
Division headquarters was notified immediately of the accident, and while General Agent W. W. Keith and the wrecker were being rushed from Goldfield to the scene of the wreck, General Manager Cahill was speeding northward from Ludlow at sixty miles an hour. The latter was first to arrive at the scene of the wreck and the train was pulled back into Beatty, where the injured fireman was given medical attention.
As rapidly as possible the track was cleared and a quick run made to Goldfield in order that the injured fireman might be placed in St. Mary's hospital. The body of the dead engineer was also brought to Goldfield and removed to the undertaking establishment of Thomas Dunn to be prepared for burial. Mrs. McEntee, wife of the dead man, who resides in Ludlow, was notified of his death and will arrive here tomorrow. In addition to his widow, the dead engineer is survived by three children.
Tonopah Daily Bonanza - December 30th, 1910
Courtesy of the Central Nevada Historical Society
Newspaper photo by John A. McCulloch


Injured Fireman Still Improving

Cadd Chafes When Forced To Stay On Hospital Bed --
M'Entee's Body Shipped
Reports received from St. Mary's hospital at Goldfield late last evening indicate that Frank Cadd, the fireman injured in the explosion of a T. &T. engine near Beatty Thursday morning, will recover.
Cadd, after a good night's rest, recovered rapidly yesterday and last evening was chafing because of being compelled to remain in his bed. Fully recovered conscious, however, has brought no new recollection of the accident. Mrs. Cadd arrived yesterday from Ludlow and will remain with her husband until he has fully recovered.
A thorough investigation of the conditions surrounding the wreck is now underway, but owing to the mass of technical detail to be gone into it will be several days before any result is announced.
The remains of David [sic] McEntee, the dead engineer, were forwarded yesterday to Los Angeles. The body was accompanied by General Manager Cahill of the Tonopah and Tidewater company. The dead engineer is survived by a wife and three children, one of them being a son, acting as brakeman on the same road on which his father was working extra.
Tonopah Daily Bonanza - December 31st, 1910
Courtesy of the Central Nevada Historical Society
Newspaper photo by John A. McCulloch


"Las Vegas Age" -- December 31st, 1910



A locomotive on the Tonopah and Tidewater road exploded with terrific force near Springdale, Nevada, at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 29th. The train was northbound, from Ludlow to Goldfield and the engineer in charge was an extra man, Frank McEntee of Los Angeles. The engineer was instantly killed by the explosion, his skull being crushed.
It is reported that the regular Tom Kane, engineer, refused to take the engine out on his regular run and McEntee was sent out in his place. The crown sheet went down, so says the men familiar with locomotives. The boiler and cab were completely demolished. The dead engineer leaves a widow, two grown daughters and a son residing in Los Angeles.
The dead engineer was well known in Searchlight, where he was for a time engaged in mining.


"Clark County Review" -- December 31st, 1910



Near Springdale, on the Tonopah and Tidewater railroad, Engineer Frank McEntee was killed at 4:45 o'clock Thursday morning by the blowing up of his engine, from the old familiar cause - the dropping of the crown sheet. The engineer's skull was crushed causing instant death. The fireman escaped without injury.
It is reported that Tom Kane, the regular engineer for the run, had refused to take the engine out on account of its bad condition and McEntee was sent out in his place. The truth of this report cannot be established at this writing.
Frank McEntee was quite well known in this section, having resided some time in Searchlight and vicinity, where he was engaged in mining operations. He leaves a wife, two daughters and a son, who reside at the family home in Los Angeles.


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