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Review of Geared Doubleheader - Greg Scholl Video Productions

 5 of 5 (1)
Washington State's Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad is the location of this presentation which features the two rarest types of geared steam locomotives. Heisler #90, a 90-ton, 3-truck locomotive built in 1930 is joined by the newly restored Climax #10. The Climax is ex-Hillcrest Lumber Co. which operated on Vancouver Island, and was the last standard gauge Climax locomotive ever built. You'll enjoy the preparations at the Mineral, Washington shop, which includes a visit with an engineer, and ride in the Heisler, and a daring shot of the Climax from underneath it as we shoot from a drop-pit in the shop. You can see all the gears, and even the grease on them, from this scary location.

The real excitement is the actual excursion train which ran from Elbe, Washington south to Morton and it was the first run of the newly restored Climax which double-headed with the Heisler behind it. During the run, we are treated to a special runby with the Climax pulling a string of empty log cars,

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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