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Review of Alto Tower Altoona PA DVD

Alto Tower, in Altoona, PA, controlled the former Pennsylvania Railroad's busy four track main over the Alleghenies, including the passenger station, the sprawling shop complex, a major freight yard and access to the Holidaysburg secondary. Chester Kamuda enjoyed the action at the tower and recorded his memories on video. He was twice invited into the tower, once under Conrail and again after Norfolk Southern. One hour and 40 minutes, maps and Narration.

In the era before remote communication, railroads relied on control towers to set switches and signals to route traffic at the request of dispatchers. The late, great Penssy was no exception. Their four track mainline over the Alleghenies required numerous examples to maintain the smooth flow of many high speed passenger jobs and slower moving freights. The busiest of these was Alto tower in Altoona, the Penssy's hub. It controlled the main to and from Horseshoe, the passenger station, the sprawling shops, the large yard and acc

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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