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Review of Southern Steam Returns DVD

When in mid 2010 we learned that three Southern Railway Consolidation type steam locomotives were to be returning to operation, we began making plans to film all three. Between April and July 2011, we did just that. The result is "Southern Steam Returns."

The first part of the program covers Southern Railway #154, an 1890 product of the Schenectady Locomotive Works that returned to operation in July, 2010, on The Three Rivers Rambler in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and we got lucky as we were scouting the line as #154 made an unpublicized shakedown run the day before the first passenger trains ran. In addition to the passenger consist, a string of vintage freight cars was tied to the tender. The following day we shot three runs of The Rambler as it traversed the line between downtown Knoxville, including the two percent grade east of town.

The second part of the program covers Southern Railway #401, a 1907 Baldwin operating at t

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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