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Review of Heritage Series Frisco 1522 on Freight DVD

This release in The Heritage Series looks back at St. Louis & San Francisco 4-8-2 #1522 on the mainline with freight cars in tow in 1991 and 1992.

The first segment covers a pair of break-in runs in October, 1991. The locomotive suffered a mechanical failure in 1990 when the axle bearings on the pilot truck overheated. Attempts to repair the problem were unsuccessful, and the St. Louis Steam Train Association decided to rebuild the truck and convert it to roller bearings.

Following the rebuild, Burlington Northern hosted the locomotive to break in the new bearings. The first run was a short trip from downtown St. Louis to suburban Valley Park. With the first run being a success, the next day saw the locomotive pull an all day round trip down the former Frisco mainline to Newburg, Missouri. On both days, the train consisted of the locomotive's water canteen, crew and tool car Firefly, and a string of freight cars with a caboose bringing up the rear. The 1926 Baldwin

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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