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.