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Review of Old Main Line Part 5 The West End Cumberland MD to Grafton WV DVD

"The Old Main Line - Part 5 "is our final video in a series surveying the oldest railroad in the Western Hemisphere. We tackled the fabled "West End " from Cumberland, MD, to Grafton, WV. This part of the Old Main Line crawls up the Allegheny Mountains with storied 17 Mile Grade beginning in Piedmont, WV, and crosses a 3-arch stone and concrete viaduct in Bloomington, Md. Not far west of the viaduct, the railroad begins serious curves and grades working up to as high as 2.6% as it climbs out of the Potomac River Valley. We show you the old stop at Bond where the B&O built its second downhill safety spur designed to catch and hold runaway trains. Also on 17 Mile Grade, we visit Hitchcock Tunnel, Swanton and Altamont.

After climbing through Altamont, the old line crosses The Glades and passes through the old resort towns of Deer Park, Mountain Lake Park and Oakland, MD. Beyond Oakland, there is a little respite before the tracks plunge down the Cranberry G

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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