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Review of Steam Returns to Horseshoe Curve DVD

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Horseshoe Curve on the old Pennsylvania Railroad west of Altoona is one of the most famous examples of railroad engineering in the world.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, 2013, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 #765 pulled a series of three excursions from Lewistown to Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, including the assault on the grade west of Altoona and around Horseshoe Curve. The trains were called The Horseshoe Curve Steam Special, and Diverging Clear Productions was there with four photographers to capture the action. This DVD is the result.

Action filmed over the three days is combined to present a single run of the train, which ran empty from Enola to Lewistown, where excursionists boarded the train.

We picked up the train north of Enola at Duncannon, and followed the train up to Gallitzin and back. Well known locations include the cut at Union Furnace, Tyrone, Bellwood, Alto Tower in Altoona, Horseshoe Curve and the tunnels at Gallitzin.

Along the way we look back to the

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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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