Steam in Huntington The 1991 NRHS Convention

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Watch the dramatic action of two big mainline steam engines operating side-by-side as the feature attraction of the 1991 NRHS convention in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Watch the dramatic action of two big mainline steam engines operating side-by-side as the feature attraction of the 1991 NRHS convention in Huntington, West Virginia. You’ll enjoy the incredible sight of Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 on a passenger train, running pilot to pilot with a similar engine, Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765. We covered the whole event which includes 1225 and 765 double-heading on a freight from Lima to Cincinnati, from Cincinnati to Huntington on another freight along the CSX (former C&O), and the convention trips. Also in attendance was Norfolk and Western Class A #1218 which operated a round-trip excursion from Kenova to Portsmouth, Ohio, and another one from Kenova to Iaeger, West Virginia on the former N&W line. The side-by-side trip with 1225 and 765 is covered with scenes from 4 different videographers. One was on the train, two were lineside, and we obtained footage from a TV cameraman who was in the cab of 1225 during one of the runbys. This is an awesome spectacle, and no exaggeration!

The following day we see the pair double-head the train to Hinton and through the New River Gorge. For diesel fans there is also a few minutes of the last Western Maryland lettered diesel GP40 #6573 on a circle tour of Huntington. These 1218 trips also turned out to be the last ones 1218 made west of Roanoke, as 1218 ran for the last time a few months later.

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2 reviews for Steam in Huntington The 1991 NRHS Convention

  1. Zac

    Lots of great action at the convention and in the shots on the way to the convention with 765, 1225 and 1218. At the very end is the last diesel locomotive painted in Western Maryland colors operation for CSX.

  2. Ricky

    As Greg Mentioned in the paragraph, lots of camera crews were there to capture the event. (Greg, Kathy & Randy Scholl themselves, Kenny & Ronald Durham From Lasting Impressions, and surprisingly, this was the first time that Railway Productions producer and future famous “America By Rail” & “The Alphabet Train” filmmaker Les Jarrett was making his debut in a GSVP Video. Not to mention a Local TV Channel WSAZ was in 1225’s cab during the side-by-side runbys.) Did I forget to mention that one of the southern Railway coaches has the same number as the non-retired Steamer (UP 844)? Oh well, Besides Greg’s video team, Pentrex, Mark 1, Main line Motion pictures, and Berkshire Productions, were also there to capture their own footages of one of the most Big American Steam Railroading Events of 1991.

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