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Review of Early CSX The Rainbow Years Heritage Series DVD

The CSX Corporation was created in 1980 when a pair of holding companies merged. Today’s railroad, CSX Transportation, did not come into existence until 1986.

This program in The Heritage Series from Diverging Clear Productions examines the formative years of CSX from the end of the Chessie and Seaboard systems in 1985 through CSX’s own image in the early 90’s.

This program focuses primarily on the mid 80’s, with locomotives increasingly painted for CSX only appearing in the last third of the show.

Locomotives painted for Chessie System, Baltimore & Ohio, Seaboard System, Family Lines, Seaboard Coast Line, Louisville & Nashville and Clinchfield are plentiful. Later shots show CSX power in the all grey, blue and grey, and finally yellow, blue and grey liveries.

Trains are seen in Illinois, Alabama and Kentucky, and include all kinds of weather from sun to snow to rain to fog. In addition to trackside scenes, there is plenty of pacing as well.

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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