Talented young painter Dylan Whitaker promised his dying father that he would some day see the ocean he loves to put on canvas; but "some day" comes too soon when Dylan is diagnosed with incurable leukemia and, to keep his promise, he and his concerned friends, Laura and Albert, sneak away from Walnut Grove to hop a railroad freight car bound for the California coast.
Did You Know?
[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.
The black locomotive typically used for a train in the series (the famous Sierra #3 of the Sierra Railroad, a veteran of many movies and TV shows) is shown to make the entire trip from Minnesota to San Francisco. 4-6-0 locomotives such as Sierra #3 did not have enough power to negotiate the mountain grades in the Rockies, and would have been substituted out for more powerful (and, often, multiple) locomotives for the stretch. See more
Albert Quinn Ingalls
[after Laura pushes the bad guy off the train
I'll never make fun of girls again!