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Review of 8444 The Great Steam Trek DVD

 5 of 5 (1)

In the spring of 1989, TWO big 4-8-4's traveled west to star in the 50th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal. We covered Union Pacific 8444 all the way from her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Los Angeles, including a brief encounter with a snowstorm! You'll also see unbelievable helicopter scenes of 8444 pacing Southern Pacific "Daylight" steam locomotive No. 4449 up through Cajon Pass on parallel tracks. In fact, although the gray and black 8444 is the star of this video, there's almost as much coverage of the gorgeous orange and red "Daylight" 4449! We covered her move to LA all the way from her home in Portland, Oregon. Wait until you see our aerial views of the 4449 rolling off the miles on the "Coast Route!" Absolutely beautiful! There is also coverage of the steam and diesel exhibits at the LA Union Terminal Celebration just before the dramatic conclusion when both locomotives storm up Cajon Pass!

Running time 58 minutes

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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