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Review of A Day With 487 on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic DVD

Enjoy a great day on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in 2021. This was once part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Narrow Gauge, and our locomotive is a former Rio Grande K-36 number 487. We begin at Chama, and are riding in the platform of the first coach right behind the engine. The audio is clear as we see the engine and scenery as the line climbs on a 4% grade for some 12 miles to the 10,015 foot Cumbres Pass.

As an added bonus we have 3 locations from the ground and have intertwined them with the onboard camera at those locations. This allows us to see our train from the ground as well as onboard.

The second segment is shorter as we sample some riding from the open gondola as we travel down the east slope of the grade toward Osier. Highlights are Tanglefoot curve near Cumbres, The Los Pinos water tank, the Los Pinos Valley, Cascade Trestle, and arriving in Osier. At Osier we see the train from Antonito arrive with K-36 number 489 as the power.

From Osier

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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