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Review of Nickel Plate 765 The Early Years DVD

 5 of 5 (2)
This show is a nice chronicle of some of the first runs for 765. Shot on super 8 sound movies, the transfer is crisp and the sound is good. We begin with a December 1, 1979 first run of 765 as it travels toward Bellevue on a cold snowy day. Then we begin 1980 with a one- way run with coaches from Bellevue, Ohio back to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and later the train adds some coaches as it continues westward to Illinois.

The engine went to the Toledo, Peoria, and Western for several weeks of break-in runs, including freight and excursions. This was like real steam railroading as 765 did some short stints as a helper, including on the rear of one freight. We also see it on the turntable, and preparing for a freight run to Effner which turned into a 2-day journey. Much of these runs were covered in the rail magazines at the time, as this was huge news for steam fans.

Two excursions were run, but for some reason we do not have a lot of movie coverage of these, but there is some. Af

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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