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Review of QJ 6988 2-10-2 In Iowa DVD

This locomotive gets little attention, and it deserves more. There are few places in the U.S. today where you can see mainline standard gauge steam in operation. This regional railroad, the Iowa Interstate Railroad owns 2 of these 2-10-2's, and the 6988 has been modified to look a bit more American. The QJ class 2-10-2's were the famous and widely used class in China which had steam running until around 2010 or so. We will learn about the history of the QJ class with some actual shots in China, plus learn about its coming to America.

We begin with a May 2019 break-in run for 6988 which departs from its home base of Newton, Iowa. The engine pulls freight cars, and periodic stops were made to inspect the engine. The train ran east to South Amana yard, where everything was turned for the trip back to Newton. We get several nice runbys, as well as pacing views beside the engine. The engine had several whistles on this day and we hear them all. This was an unpublicized train, thus fe

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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