Big Lima-built 4-8-4 #614 rules the rails for the Chessie System. Our late 1970s, early 1980s coverage starts in Cincinnati with trips to Louisville, and to Columbus, then heads to Virginia and the Mountain Division. We finish up with 4 days of Huntington to Hinton trips in the fall which were the final excursions for the engine under the Chessie sponsorship.
This is a rare look at steam on CSX rails, and former Louisville and Nashville lines.
After Louisville we chase a one-way from Cincinnati headed to Columbus and get some nice action there on the former B&O tracks. We then venture to Virginia and catch 614 battle Afton Mountain a steep grade then tops off in a tunnel under the Blue Ridge Parkway. The final excursion we see is the last one operated by 614 on Chessie Steam Excursions.