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Review of Amtrak Chief DVD

Join Pentrex as we travel back in time to the summer of 1972- a truly a great time to be a railfan in Southern California. During Amtrak's first summer in 1971, the Super Chief/El Capitan enjoyed high ridership levels, which prompted Amtrak to run an additional train between L.A. & Chicago during the busy summer months. This train, known simply as "The Chief," had a daily 1PM departure from L.A. that allowed for a daytime run over Santa Fe's Second District mainline and the majestic Cajon Pass. This became the only time "The Chief" was ever run.

In this fascinating DVD watch leased Santa Fe F Units pulling the Chief eastward out of Los Angeles through a number of communities and over Cajon. Both Summit and Sullivans Curve are shown before major realignments would soon change these areas forever. You don't want to miss this incredible footage!

The show wraps up with a ride aboard The Chief between San Bernardino & Barstow!

All footage was captured on Super 8 film eq

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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