Train engineer
Train engineer
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Played byBill McKinney
Engineer: "Is this a hold-up?"
Doc: "It's a science experiment!"
— Hijacking of the train.

A train engineer arrived at the Hill Valley Railroad Station on Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7, 1885.


A pair of gentlemen, Emmett Brown and "Clint Eastwood", came up to the engineer and asked him how fast the train could go. He told Doc and Marty as Clint that "Fearless" Frank Fargo was able to get it up to 70 miles per hour. Marty then asked if it could get up to ninety, to which the engineer exclaimed that "how could anyone be in such a hurry?" After being told the query was part of a bet, he mentioned that if they had a long straight track, and that if they weren't pulling any train cars behind them, and if they could get the fire hot enough, "hotter than the blazes of hell and damnation itself", then it could potentially go that fast.

The engineer finished by telling Doc and Marty that the next train will arriving at Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. and went back to the train.

On his Monday one-way route was Hill Valley and San Francisco. At 8 am, the train left from the Hill Valley Train Station, with Clara Clayton as one of its passengers. Before reaching Carson Spur, the train suddenly stopped, as one of its passengers ran back towards town. The engineer put the train back in motion, however minutes later found himself facing a revolver and two men. One of the men commanded him to stop the train before the switch up ahead. The engineer and his fireman cooperated and pulled the locomotive to a halt just before Carson Spur. They were then commanded to uncouple the cars from the tender and watched as the tender and the locomotive chugged away down the unfinished spur.

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