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Review of Steam Returns to the Wabash DVD

In early September, 2012, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 #765 took to the Norfolk Southern's former Wabash mainline from Fort Wayne, Indiana, through Decatur, Illinois, and on to St. Louis, Missouri, to handle a series of employee appreciation specials in the St. Louis area. Diverging Clear Productions was there for the deadhead runs and the employee specials, with four different photographers covering the action.

We start as #765 leaves the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society shop at New Haven, Indiana, for the short run to East Wayne Yard. This move includes some of the best pacing footage you are likely to see.

From there, we take a look back to the old Southern and Norfolk Southern steam program with images of many of the locomotives that pulled excursions in the sixties through the nineties. This context shows why Norfolk Southern's current steam operations are such a big deal; and so unexpected.

From there, #765 takes to the mainline for the deadhead run to St. L

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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