The “Berkshire Montage Series” is a news style, year-in-review program.
This video starts with coverage of the Blue Mountain & Reading Railroad’s first annual railfan weekend. This event turned out to be the sleeping giant of the year. GM&N 4-6-2 #425, ex-Reading 4-8-4 #2102, ex-Reading GP-30 #5513, Pennsy E8’s in their original livery, and RDC’s are all featured in this story.
Story number 2 takes you to Baraboo, Wisconsin for what has become an annual tradition, the great parade of the circus train. Led by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Ex-C&NW ten-wheeler #1385, you’ll see the circus train on its two-day journey across Wisconsin. Plenty of runbys in this one.
Story number 3 features Norfolk & Western’s big 4-8-4, Class J, #611 on runs east out of Bellevue, Ohio to Buffalo, New York, and south out of Bellevue to Columbus, Ohio. We’ll take you trackside over twenty different times! You’ll see 611 on the Nickel Plate’s bridges at Cleveland and Conneaut, plus 60 mph running through the flat lands of Ohio.
The last story in this video is about 765’s remarkable comeback in the fall of 1986. We’ll take you behind the scenes for the filming of “Matewan” in Thurmond, WV, then it’s off through the New River Gorge between Huntington and Hinton for the fall New River trains. Cab scenes, pacing, and over twenty runbys, make for a fitting conclusion to Volume 2 of the Berkshire Montage Series!