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Review of Southern Pacific By The Bay D-109 Charles Smiley Presents

 5 of 5 (3)
This re-release on DVD of a favorite video of the SP is revised and better than before. Lots of Bay area magic on the San Francisco Peninsula during various decades of SP operation. Final visions of late steam 'commutes' and freights down the 47-miles double-track main to San Jose. See the famous FM Trainmaster diesels with long, fast commute trains on three-minute headway operation in the seventies. Also Passenger Geeps and SDP45 action in commute service that has long disappeared. Relive the Third & Townsend passenger train experience with inside and platform views. Watch train-after-train cruise by the station's yard tower to the platform area. Visit old Bayshore Yard and see the FM switchers plus a roundhouse full of old SP power. Learn the history of the commute trains into the Cal Train Service era of the 90s. Ride a former SP passenger GP-9 on the Oakland Terminal Ry. Great running on Oakland street trackage to switch freight. Hear the owners of famous GP-9 number 5623 expl

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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