It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville,
And the line's on a three-mile grade.
It was on that grade that he lost his airbrake,
And you see what a jump he made.
He was goin' down hill at 90 miles an hour
When the whistle broke into a scream.
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle,
And a-scalded to death with the steam . . .
A message ran over them telegraph wires,
And here is what it said:
"Steve Broady was the engineer,
"And the brave engineer is dead."