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Review of CPR 2816 Part One Restoration and Testing DVD

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Enjoy comprehensive coverage of the restoration of Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 Hudson number 2816 in this 2001 video. Rail Innovations was the official video company for Canadian Pacific during this time. There are two videos here. Part 1 covers the restoration in Vancouver and has insights from Al Broadfoot who spearheaded the rebuilding. You will see all aspects of the teardown and rebuilding, including the hydro test, boiler and smokebox removal, and frame work. See the drive wheels being removed, trued and then reinstalled. Be there when the overhauled boiler is lowered to the frame and a new cab is installed and the finishing touches are applied.

The second half of the show after the light-up is the testing with several runs are made on the CPR mainline. In this section you will see shots trackside views, onboard, and in the cab of one test run.

On a personal note I met Al Broadfoot in 1986 as he was in charge of the CN 6060 rebuild in Jasper. I found his commentary on th

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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