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Review of Riding the Rio Grande Alamosa to Durango Mixed in 1949 & 1950 DVD

This show was shot by the same photographer (Ted Collins) who shot the "Riding the RGS" show we released a couple of years ago (2020). This was probably part of that same trip where he rode the Rio Grande Southern. This show begins in Alamosa as we ride the Parlor Car "Alamosa" along the 4th division of the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge to Durango. This was an all day trip aboard the "San Juan" which was the last regularly scheduled narrow gauge passenger train in the country. It ended shortly after these films were taken.

Mr. Collins spliced together his trip from 1949 and 1950 into one trip. While most scenes are shot off the rear of the "Alamosa" there are a few trackside views. We don't know for sure if someone else shot these, or he chased part of one trip and got on later. Most locations are indicated with scene titles along the route. Today this is part of the Cumbres and Toltec (Antonito to Chama). We see some good scenery, and places along the route like Antonito, Whiplash 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.

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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