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Review of Steam Specials and Passenger Extras in 2014 DVD

2014 was a good year for steam operations and passenger specials. Cameras from Diverging Clear Productions covered a number of operations in the Midwest and in the south throughout the year, and this program presents a wide variety of operations.

We start on March weekend as Norfolk Southern's Southern Railway Heritage Unit number 8099 substituted for 2-8-0 #630 on a pair of trips out of Chattanooga. A rainy Saturday found the train on a round trip to Attalla, Alabama. Appropriately the sun was shining bright on Sunday as the train made a northbound run up the famous Rathole Division to Oneida, Tennessee. #8099 is a contemporary General Electric ES44AC, and looks great in the classic green of the Southern's passenger trains.

We next move to Michigan, where June found former Pere Marquette 2-8-4 back in steam after a multi-year rebuild. We caught three runs from Owosso to Alma over three days during Train Expo at the Steam Railroading Institute. For the first two run

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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