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Review of The Final Chapter - South African Steam Collection by Greg Scholl

 4 of 5 (1)
In 1984 we were fortunate to see the "Last of the Garratts" on line workings with a day-long ballast train hauled by GMAM Garratt 4088 from Waterval Boven to Breyten and return. These were the most modern Garratts in South Africa and are 4-8-2+2-8-4 wheel arrangement engines. We also see different engines in yard switching duties(Shunting). Next we chase doubleheaded class 24 2-8-4's from Breyten to Lothair with some nice results. Lastly we visit the Randfontein Estates Gold Mine Railway near Johannesburg, where GMAM Garratts work on this Industrial Line hauling gold ore, or reef as it is called in South Africa. Besides the Garratts we will also see a few of the older 4-8-2 engines that were formerly South Africa Railways locomotives. Live audio and informative narration and the last video in our 1984 South African Steam Collection.

South African Steam Collection

In 1984 we made a month-long journey to the Republic of South Africa for an adventure shooting regu

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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