Only two steam locomotives were used in the filming of this movie. Both steam locomotives are owned by the Province of British Columbia. The first engine which appears in most of the scenes is ex CP #3716. It had its number changed in a few scenes to give the illusion of more locomotives. It is now operational at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland, BC. The other steam locomotive is ex MB #1077 which is now operational at Fort Steele Heritage Town near Cranbrook, BC. #1077 also appeared in Shanghai Noon (2000) starring Jackie Chan. Both #3716 and #1077 also appeared together in the movie The Grey Fox (1982) about gentleman train robber Bill Miner.
Actress Meredith Salenger won the Best Starring Performance by a Young Actress - Motion Picture Award in a Feature Film at the 7th Young Artist Awards in 1984/85 where the film was also nominated for Best Family Motion Picture Drama.
Elmer Bernstein's rejected score would ultimately be released on CD in 2008 in a set which also included his similarly-rejected compositions for Gangs of New York (2002) and The Scarlet Letter (1995). The set was called "Elmer Bernstein: The Unused Scores."
This was among many '70s and '80s Disney titles that the studio licensed for DVD to Anchor Bay Entertainment, an independent distributor best known for its cult titles. However, Disney opted not to renew its deal with Anchor Bay before any such DVD existed.