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Review of Little Mikes in the Big Country Cumbres & Toltec DVD

The Cumbres & Toltec is one of the scenic wonders of tourist railroading in North America. Trains run over the 64 mile portion of the old Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge system between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado.

We visited the railroad in the summer of 2012, focusing on the southern portion of the line as trains run over the four percent grades of Cumbres Pass.

Over the course of three days, three different former Rio Grande Mikados were seen in operation.

In addition to the main program of trackside scenes, there is a bonus section featuring a ride on the railroad from Cumbres to Antonito.

TVD NOTE: Their site says 60 minutes plus 35 minute bonus. The DVD case says 73 minutes plus 33 minute bonus. It is unknown whether bonus means more of this material or previews.

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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