Norfolk and Western 2-6-6-4 number 1218 is the only Class A that survived. In 1986 it was sent to Birmingham, Alabama for the Irondale shop folks to work their magic and bring this locomotive back to life. We get an exclusive visit to see some of the restoration work in the fall of 1986, as we see various parts being worked on, as the engine is separated from the boiler and much work is being done. We made a special trip for this shop visit. Then in March of 1987, we are back in Birmingham for a test-run of 1218 which went to Wilton, Alabama. This was nice since the engine pulled a freight train, which even included a caboose on the rear. After switching was done at Wilton, the 1218 took another freight back to Birmingham. On this trip the whistle was sounding a bit off, and was later fixed. Piney Woods trestle provided one of the highlights of this trip. Then in April we follow 1218 with 5 tuscan red coaches as it travels to Roanoke for its homecoming run. This trip was not without in|
|Overall rating for this DVD?
|The rest is optional but appreciated.|
|In your opinion, how was the narration level?
There was no narration.|
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Narration can be turned off.
|Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)?
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.
|Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others?
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
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