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Review of Southern Pacific 18 in Colorado DVD

Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 ran on the Narrow Gauge Keeler Branch into the 1950's. It was restored in 2018, but has only operated on a short section of track in California. The Durango and Silverton leased the engine at first for crew training for firing an oil burner, since the D&S was converting most of their fleet to burn oil. But now in 2021 the engine is leased again, but this time for helper duty to doublehead with other D&S engines on trains that cannot be handled with one D&S engine. During 2021 it operated about 40 doubleheaders.

The first segment is 18 in helper service with 493 in June 2021. Most of the good shots are from Hermosa to Rockwood where the steepest grade is located (Hermosa Hill). 493 is seen departing Rockwood (18 had already gone ahead light). We also see the Cascade train with K-28 473 roll through Rockwood as it is running about 30 minutes behind the train to Silverton. We also see the duo in Silverton as the train arrives, then see it returning at Roc

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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