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Review of Photo Freights on the Western Maryland DVD

 4.5 of 5 (2)
We've recently completed "Photo Freights on the Western Maryland," a 90 minute video covering 6 special freight train runs on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The Western Maryland folks set the consists with vintage freight and hopper cars to simulate working freight trains of the 1950's. The trains looked sensational on their runs up the face of the Allegheny Mountains between Cumberland and Frostburg Maryland.

The sleet and snows of January 1999 gave us some unusual footage complete with the excitement and unpredictability that comes with winter railroading. We included many scenes with Engine 734, a Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation with her drivers slipping in the sleet and snow. We also found ourselves in snow with bright sunny skies for many of the scenes. The winter footage gave us spectacular stack plumes from the engine. There is also a sequence after the pilot truck derailed which stopped us in our tracks near the end of a shooting day.


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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