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Review of American Steam in the Rockies DVD

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad operates 64 miles of 3-Foot narrow gauge trackage from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado in some of the best scenery that the American West has to offer. This was once one of the 5 videos in our Steam Around The World Series, and it was the American entry into the set. So this is the first time it is released on DVD, after being dormant for 10-15 years. The focus is on a 4 day charter by a group from the UK, and several photo freights were operated in October 1995. We enjoy seeing class K-27 2-8-2 number 463 running solo on a short tank car train, and a replica of the old San Juan Passenger train, and working in a doubleheaded freight train. Besides 463, we also enjoy K-37 number 497 on some of the specials as well as in regular passenger train service. This engine (497) has not operated for over 15 years. Most of the focus is on the Chama to Cumbres section and into the Los Pinos Valley. We see classic shots at Tanglefoot curve, Los Pinos, Cu

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.
Good.
Excellent!

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.
Fair.
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.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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