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Review of Americas Articulated - The Challenger and the A DVD

 5 of 5 (3)
Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-4 No. 1218 is back in retirement and Union Pacific's 4-6-6-4 "Challenger" No. 3985 runs less frequently now. The days of being able to view a couple of America's huge articulated locomotives is not what it was. But the experience of watching these great "double engines" is yours again and again in this comprehensive 82 minute video. This program highlights the break-in runs of both locomotives following restoration in the 1980's. Then you'll see some outstanding scenes of these big engines in action! For example, you'll see the Challenger pull a 143 car American President Lines "stack train" up Archer Hill at track speed! Talk about horsepower! You'll also see double and triple-headers with the N&W's No. 1218. Enjoy cab rides, pacing scenes and plenty of track side runbys in this study of uniquely American steam power.

Running time 82 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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