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Review of Narrow Gauge Logging Railroads of El Dorado County DVD

 4.5 of 5 (2)
In the first half of the twentieth century, it was railroads -- using geared steam locomotives -- that facilitated logging California's enormous stands of virgin timber. They conquered the rugged terrain with steep grades, switchbacks and inclines, and proved to be a practical means of transporting logs to the mills. Many of these diminutive carriers were narrow gauge, and two of the most fabled, but least documented, were the Diamond & Caldor and Michigan-California, with its sensational 1200 foot high, 1/2 mile cableway spanning the American River gorge in remote El Dorado County.

Catenary Video's continuing coverage of steam era logging offers rare 1935-1950 historical footage of these slim gauge operations - from the woods to the mills. Also shown is the standard gauge, eight mile Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Ry. It's all captured in digitally transferred, mostly color footage, with authentic sound effects. Also shown is the work going on today to restore to operating

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The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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