587: The Great Train Robbery
“587: The Great Train Robbery” is the story of the rescue of an antique steam engine from the scrap heap. Set in Anytown, USA, the movie opens with a group of neighborhood kids having a homemade gravity car race on their front street. Here we meet Alex Phillips (Nick Abeel), an 12-year old inventor, and his 8-year old sister, Molly (Ariadne Baker-Dunn). As Alex pulls ahead in the race, he loses control on Dead Man’s Curve, sails over a fence, and lands in the neighboring scrap yard. There the kids discover him staring in awe at an antique steam engine (the 587). Molly overhears that the engine is going to be scrapped because it cannot be salvaged. With the help of the young daughter of the Chief of Operations at Railcor and the retired engineer of the 587, the kids devise a plan to drive the engine out of the yard and to a museum in hopes that they will save it.