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[Illustration: "An Avalanche!" declared Fogg. "Dodge something's coming!" Page 254. Ralph on the Overland Express.]

RALPH ON THE OVERLAND EXPRESS

OR

THE TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF A YOUNG ENGINEER

BY

ALLEN CHAPMAN

AUTHOR OF "RALPH OF THE ROUNDHOUSE," "RALPH IN THE SWITCH TOWER," "RALPH ON THE ENGINE," "DAREWELL CHUMS SERIES," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

THE RAILROAD SERIES

By Allen Chapman

12mo. Illustrated. Cloth

RALPH OF THE ROUNDHOUSE Or, Bound to Become a Railroad Man

RALPH IN THE SWITCH TOWER Or, Clearing the Track

RALPH ON THE ENGINE Or, The Young Fireman of the Limited Mail

RALPH ON THE OVERLAND EXPRESS Or, The Trials and Triumphs of a Young Engineer

(Other Volumes in Preparation.)

GROSSET & DUNLAP, Publishers, New York

Copyright, 1910, by

GROSSET & DUNLAP

Ralph on the Overland Express

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. No. 999 1 II. A Special Passenger 12 III. One of the Rules 22 IV. A Warning 35 V. At Bay 43 VI. Four Medals 51 VII. Dave Bissell, Train Boy 60 VIII. An Astonishing Discovery 68 IX. The Light of Home 76 X. Fire! 88 XI. The Master Mechanic 95 XII. A Good Friend 104 XIII. The "Black Hand" 114 XIV. A Serious Plot 123 XV. "The Silvandos" 129 XVI. Zeph Dallas and His "Mystery" 138 XVII. In Widener's Gap 145 XVIII. At the Semaphore 153 XIX. The Boy Who Was Hazed 160 XX. "Lord Lionel Montague" 171 XXI. Archie Graham's Invention 179 XXII. Ike Slump Again 188 XXIII. A Critical Moment 195 XXIV. The New Run 203 XXV. The Mountain Division 209 XXVI. Mystery 217 XXVII. The Railroad President 225 XXVIII. A Race Against Time 233 XXIX. Zeph Dallas Again 244 XXX. Snowbound 254 XXXI. Conclusion 264

RALPH ON THE OVERLAND EXPRESS

CHAPTER I

NO. 999

"All aboard."

Ralph Fairbanks swung into the cab of No. 999 with the lever hooked up for forward motion, and placed a firm hand on the throttle.

It looked as though half the working force of the railroad, and every juvenile friend he had ever known in Stanley Junction, had come down to the little old depot that beautiful summer afternoon to especially celebrate the greatest event in his active railroad career.

Ralph was the youngest engineer in the service of the Great Northern, and there was full reason why he should center attention and interest on this the proudest moment of his life. No. 999 was the crack locomotive of the system, brand new and resplendent. Its headlight was a great glow of crystal, its metal bands and trimmings shone like burnished gold, and its cab was as spick and span and neat as the private office of the division superintendent himself... Continue reading book >>




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