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Review of Manitoba Steam in the 1950s DVD

Originally produced by Rail Innovations this is a wonderful look at Canadian Steam in the province of Manitoba, where some of the last steam ended its days in Canada. It is divided into two parts, with Canadian National first, followed by Canadian Pacific. Photographer Newton Rossiter narrates the entire show and has plenty of insights regarding the engine classes, the places seen on the video, and other tidbits that are quite interesting. Generally most views are west of Winnipeg, including St. James Tower, Pacific Junction and many others. We see several of the 4-8-2's including number 6000, and some of the 6060 series as well as other smaller types.

On the Canadian Pacific side of things we see smaller classes, then the larger power such as 2-8-2's, 4-6-2's, 2-10-2's, and 4-6-4's. There is even one rare shot of number 3101 which was one of only two CPR 4-8-4's ever built. There is a shot of the famous Royal Hudson number 2860 in passenger service which is a nice addition as w

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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