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Review of Union Pacifics Little Rock Express DVD

In May and June, 2011, Union Pacific ran its “Great Excursion Adventure” featuring famed 4-8-4 #844.

U.P. encouraged the public to vote online to determine the train’s route, and the winner took the train through Kansas City and St. Louis en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. Union Pacific dubbed the run “The Little Rock Express.”

Two camera crews covered the excursion as #844 put on a great show for the throngs of people who came out to see the well publicized train.

We see the train running between Kansas City and Jefferson City, Missouri, and then on to St. Louis. We then follow the train down the Chester Subdivision through southern Illinois, and from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Bald Knob, Arkansas. We then pick up the train from Coffeyville to Kansas City and on to Council Bluffs.

High speed running made for a challenging chase, with the fast running partially offset by stops in many towns for the public to come out and view the train.


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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