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Review of The Powhatan Arrow & J Class Steam DVD

Norfolk & Western made the bullet-nose J Class engine as the era of steam was coming to a close. See these amazing precision engines in regular passenger service in the 1950s cruising at 60 MPH over some of the toughest grades in the East. The elegant streamlined "Powhatan Arrow" raced 680 mountain miles in 16 hours behind J Class 4-8-4 thoroughbreds: Norfolk to Cincinnati in a single day. Filmed from on board and at trackside, the DVD captures the real 611 working the Columbus Section of the Arrow on the Scioto Division plus many more streamlined Js on the Pocahontas, the Cavalier and the Pelican. Js meet and pass other Js and overtake Norfolk & Western's stable of steam, the A and Y class articulateds: true railroad history!

The story of the J Class continues as N&W's 611 is reborn into excursion and ambassador service in 1982. See the inaugural runs of the reconstructed 611 with a perfectly matched maroon consist almost identical to the "Powhatan Arrow" of history. Aerials sh

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
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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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