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Review of Crab Orchard & Egyptian 2-8-0 17 The End Of The Steam Era DVD

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In 2011, we released a program chronicling the history of a southern Illinois shortline, the Crab Orchard & Egyptian. The C.O.& E. was the last common carrier to operate steam in daily freight service in the U.S.

Some of the footage in that program was shot of C.O.& E. 2-8-0 #17 in 1985 and 1986 by George Redmond. Only a small portion of his footage was used for that program. This release in The Heritage Series presents the entire footage Mr. Redmond shot of the last steam powered railroad in the U.S.

Shot in March and October, 1985, and February, 1986, this video shows the daily workings of a steam powered shortline.

The featured locomotive is #17, a 1940 product of the Canadian Locomotive Company in Kingston, Ontario. The locomotive was returned to service in 1979 and operated into September, 1986. We see her over three different days as she goes about her work on the 8 ½ mile line based in Marion, Illinois.

This is steam in daily freight service. N

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.
Good.
Excellent!

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.
Fair.
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.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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