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Review of Southern Pacific 1744 DVD

 5 of 5 (1)
If you like hard-working steam action, this is a must-have for you. The regional Railroad San Luis & Rio Grande operates former Rio Grande Standard gauge routes from Walsenburg to Alamosa, Colorado and beyond. Besides the normal freight operations they started running tourist passenger trains, and acquired former Southern Pacific 2-6-0 number 1744. This engine ran its last trips for the SP in 1958, and you will even see a clip of that last run in 1958. The locomotive only ran for 1 season on the SL&RG in 2007, and it only operated one special photo train that year.

The route takes us east from Alamosa, Colorado to La Veta up the La Veta Pass with many steep grades, and beautiful remote locations. Steam had not been used on this former D&RGW line since 1956.

On September 20, 2007 we begin with a freight train photo special and see a multitude of steamy runbys, where the engine is really working hard.

The next day September 21, 2007 the 1744 operated a 4 car passenge

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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