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Review of Skookum and CV-4 Double Headed Mallets in Niles Canyon DVD

Catenary Video utilizes the art of Cinema to tell the complete story of a very old steam engine that rolled off a trestle, was abandoned, rescued by a railfan, changed owners, was moved twice, had parts lost, and is finally restored fifty years later, looking like she just emerged from the Baldwin Locomotive works! The 110-year story of the "Skookum" is told through interviews and illustrated with color stills from the archives of Martin Hansen. A special section for modelers details the machinery and workings of this legendary locomotive.

The history of trains in Niles Canyon dates to 1862, before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Once part of the vast Southern Pacific system, the tracks were abandoned in 1984. Today the rail line through the canyon is operated as the Niles Canyon Railway by the PLA. This fascinating program covers the story of two rare operating Mallet locomotives: the 1909 "Skookum" (2-4-4-2), and the 1924 "Clover Valley #4" (2-6-6-2).


Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

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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