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Review of Pickerings Sugar Pine Railroad DVD

 5 of 5 (1)
Geared locomotives were used by the Sugar Pine Railroad between 1909 and 1965 to haul logs from the Stanislaus River Canyon to the Pickering lumber mill some 70 miles away. The challenges facing this operation led to what may be considered the most spectacular logging railroad show in California's history.

This unique video documents Pickering's operation through the recollections of two brothers who worked on the railroad from 1920 to 1942. Manny Marshall was a locomotive engineer; his "kid brother", Tom, was first a brakeman and later a conductor.

The early history of the railroad, with its wrecks, run-away trains, and the rickety incline tramways of the Empire City Narrow Gauge feeder line, is presented through more than 100 rare and previously unpublished photographs. 16mm color film from Catenary Video Productions' archives looks at the camps where steam donkey loading is shown in detail and then follows the swaying loads on their trips to the mill.

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Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
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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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