Steam to Huntington: History was made as three steam engines headed for the NRHS Convention in Huntington, West Virginia. Pentrex crews captured the action as the Pere Marquette 1225 departed Owasso, Michigan with a freight bound for Lima, Ohio.
After Lima, Nickel Plate Railroad 765 led the two engines past their birthplace, double-heading on a freight train to Russell, Kentucky. You will ride along in the cab of the 765 as the two steam engines complete the last leg of their journey to Huntington.
The N&W 1218 is also beautifully photographed as it makes a ferry move from Cincinnati to Portsmouth, Ohio, and on to the yard at Kenova, West Virginia.
Huntington Steam Celebration: See all the big-time steam action as Pentrex crews cover the excursions of the 1991 NRHS convention held in Huntington, West Virginia. The four special trips were a great success and you'll witness the lineside action as it was beautifully photographed. The 1218 is at its best working though the area in which it was built to run. The dramatic side by side running of the NKP 765 and Pere Marquette 1225 was the high point of the convention and Pentrex was there to capture this historic and spectacular event. These scenes will leave you breathless as you watch the two engines race down the double-tracked mainline.
3 Hours Beautiful Color with Live Audio and Narration Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format Copyright 1991, 2014 ISBN: 1-56342-363-4 UPC: 7-48268-00646-3
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Ron Harber III (Strafford MO US) on 2018-03-08 18:42:41.
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4 of 5
More than 25 years in the making, this was one of the highest convention trips in the 1990s. Pentrex did an outstanding work. Mark 1 Video is the only other company I have in my library collection and it can be found on Mark 1 Video presentation; Convention Highlights Huntington 1991. The famous Berkshire engines from Lima locomotive works put on a fine show for the people who participated for the excursion and surprise guest Jim Boyd editor of Railfan Magazine made a cameo appearance at Thurmond, West Virginia and he was also one of the 3 narrators for Mark 1 Video crew. 1991 would be the last year for N&W 1218 as she was about to have an 5 year overhaul in Birmingham, Alabama and unfortunately for the Norfolk Southern steam crew, the work of the 1218 was never completed in time for her next run as the railroad would close down their steam operations 3 years later. The only problem is that there are no chapters menu on the program. You have to watch the entire movie in one whole chapter. Still a great video to watch that you can enjoy over and over again.
Additional remarks by Ron Harber III: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Recently turning 25 years in the making, there was a time when 2 identical berkshires called, Best Friends Forever, both 765 and 1225 would steal the show performing lots of action at the NRHS convention. Various Producers such as Pentrex, Greg Scholl, and Mark 1 Video were the official video producers of the 1991 NRHS Convention. Not to mention separate excursions with 1218 which were some of the final trips for the big engine due to higher costs, and even the final trip with a Red and White Western Maryland Diesel.
Additional remarks by Steamboy: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Joshua Craig Beytien (Iowa) on 2018-05-08 18:41:06.
5 of 5
I rather like the "Steam to Huntington" segment because of the challenges the 1225 crew had to face along the way to Huntington, West Virginia.
First on the 3rd of August, they were given a 20 mph speed restriction for lacking a speedometer at Plymouth which slowed down the train until Toledo, Ohio where a C.S.X. diesel provided a option to save time for the remainder of the trip onto Lima.
From there, the 1225 crew paired up with the locomotive's Nickel Plate cousin; the 765 for the final trek to Cincinnati to drop off their first freight train. Along the way though, they passed the old Lima Locomotive Works (the two engine's birthplace) where they blow their tribute of whistles which ricocheted by the sounds of two Lima-built Berkshires which were a century old. For 1225 crew member; Rob Crawford, this moment was very emotional, a dream coming true where 765 and 1225 became a duo at their birthplace where they were built. It was a frosting to a cake for Rod. But after the whistle duet, a thunderstorm in the cover of night loomed over head.
By 4 AM after arriving at the Queensgate yard in Cincinnati, both the locomotive crews got six hours of R&R before continuing their trip on the Ex-C&O line to Russell, Kentucky where they dropped off the 2nd freight train.
After that, the remainder of the trip leave it to 765 and 1225, finishing their final efforts toward Huntington, West Virginia.
Additional remarks by Joshua Craig Beytien: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.
BigJim4Life (Morrisville PA US) on 2017-09-20 09:34:46.
5 of 5
Three hours of big steam railroading at it's finest, packed into one video? Sweet! This comprehensive DVD features both the pre-convention ferry moves and all of the mainline steam convention activities, wrapped into one disc. If you want a great DVD of the NRHS Convention in Huntington, side-by-side steam and doubleheaded steam over both CSX and NS - this is a great one to get!
Additional remarks by BigJim4Life: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2017-03-17 12:17:18.
5 of 5
"Huntington Steam Combo" is a combo DVD comprising 2 programs:
"Steam to Huntington" shows the inbound movements of the 3 main steam engines for the 1991 NRHS Convention in Huntington, WV: Nickel Plate 765, Pere Marquette 1225, and Norfolk & Western 1218.
The program begins with 1225 on August 2 heading from Owosso, MI to Plymouth in the middle of the night with assistance from diesels.
On August 3, 1225 heads from Plymouth to Lima, OH with a freight train to meet 765 and then the duo will doublehead to Cincinnati, OH. This day was interesting for several reasons. First, the crew was slapped with a 20 mph speed restriction due to a speedometer issue from Plymouth which wasted a considerable amount of time. As such, CSX dispatched a diesel at Toledo to bring the train up to track speed until Lima. This would result in the train would arrive only in the very early morning the next day (4 AM according to "Steam in Huntington" by Greg Scholl Video Productions). In addition, a thunderstorm was in effect as the train headed to Cincinnati from Lima.
On August 4, the two engines doubleheaded on another freight train from Cincinnati, OH to Huntington, WV. One of the highlights of this day was a cab ride from Russell, KY to Huntington.
On August 5, 1218 is chased with a short freight train as it travels from Cincinnati to Portsmouth, OH over home rails on the Peavine with 1 and 1.5% grades at Batavia and Peebles respectively.
On August 6, 1218 ditches the freight train and dead-heads the passenger equipment from Portsmouth to Kenova, WV in preparation for the convention proper the next day.
"Huntington Steam Celebration" covers the NRHS Convention from August 7 to August 10.
August 7 covers 1218 on a roundtrip from Kenova to Iaeger, WV. August 8 covers 1218 on a roundtrip from Kenova to Portsmouth, OH. August 9 is the highlight of the convention as 765 and 1225 run side by side performing photo runbys along the way to St. Albans and then 765 doubleheads 1225 back to Huntington. August 10 covers a doubleheaded roundtrip with 765 in the lead from Huntington to Hinton. Due to the trip being 300 miles, the train arrived back in Huntington at 1 AM.
This program is very informative giving information on the 3 steam engines as well as providing tidbits of other informative narration about the routes covered. So it's a must for any steam fan.
Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!