Londons Colorful Trains DVD
zeppyblimp (Silver Spring MD US) on 2019-05-27 12:47:22.
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Highball produced at least 10 ï¿½colorful trainsï¿½ DVDs for various cities around the world, circa 2000. I have seen and I can recommend those for London, Tokyo, Vienna, and Zï¿½rich. However, London is probably the best because: (1) Highball is on their home turf; and (2) The proliferation of privatized service operators with distinctive liveries after 1998 truly made Londonï¿½s trains colorful. The 2-hour disc makes a counter-clockwise circuit of London, covering lines from the terminals at Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Euston, Paddington, Victoria, and Waterloo. We see many, many long-distance passenger trains, commuter trains, branch-line passenger locals, carload and intermodal freights, the Eurostar to Paris, the London Underground where it coordinates with the main lines, and even a steam excursion. Lots of station scenes, too. It adds up to an indelible impression of vital rail transport. Photography, picture, and sound are magnificent. Narration is satisfactory but a bit on the skimpy side. I wish they had also included trains from Marylebone station (located between Euston and Paddington) and shown us some of the sleeping car trains to and from Scotland. Conversely, they did not need to show quite so many [similar-looking] trains at Clapham Junction (intersection of the lines from Victoria and Waterloo, said to be the worldï¿½s busiest).
Additional remarks by zeppyblimp:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.