Newly restored Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 #765 in 1985 made her first appearance of what would be many on the famed New River Train operated out of Huntington, West Virginia. We see 765 up close and then climb aboard for a ride behind steam on the mainline, as the 1944 Lima puts on quite a show as we ride the train from Huntington to Hinton.
The program opens with #765 hot at the old C&O depot in Huntington. After the engine moves around the yard the day before her mainline outing, we see the New River Train barking out of Huntington before moving to the on board sequence. The majority of this program was shot from one of the coaches toward the front of the train, with a windproofed microphone outside the car to capture the sounds of the big 2-8-4 working hard with a long train.