After several days of shooting at Pardee, VA for Universal Studios' "Coal Miner's Daughter," starring Sissy Specek as Loretta Lynn, Southern's recently leased ex-CP Royal Hudson 2839 has eased to a stop at Natural Tunnel to allow the photographer to expose a few shots for Trains Magazine. The engine subbed for ailing Southern 4501, which would have been more appropriate for the role. In the movie, the Hudson can be heard switching hoppers at the old Pardee tipple, and also seen pulling a "passenger train" into a fictional depot at "Van Lear, KY" to pick up Loretta. During the engine's stay at Appalachia, two quickly-arranged round trips from Appalachia to Norton were operated to accommodate local folks. This was the first of the Southern steam excursion engines to visit the Appalachia Division. Specek would win an Oscar for her performance in the movie.