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Review of Norfolk and Western 611 Makin the Grade DVD

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The Norfolk & Western “J” class 4-8-4 is considered by many to be the best engineered passenger steam locomotive ever built. Designed to handle passenger trains in the mountains unassisted and to make time in the flatlands, the class had a combination of speed and power unmatched anywhere.

In May, 2016, the last surviving “J” returned to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, to pull a series of excursions over the mountains she was designed to conquer. Diverging Clear Productions had three cameras on hand to capture the sights and sounds of the big 4-8-4 as she worked the Blue Ridge and Christiansburg grades.

This program begins with a look at the development of Norfolk & Western’s big steam power in the 20th Century, before looking at #611’s returns to service in 1982 and 2015. From there, we see a few scenes of 611’s April, 2016, runs out of Spencer, North Carolina, before heading to Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In Roanoke, #611 headed up S

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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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