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Review of 481 - The Last Coal Burner Durango & Silverton DVD

Here is a show you can really enjoy as we are treated to fine action on the final 2 days of February 2022.

The Durango and Silverton decided to operate a winter photographers train, and we are treated to having 481 as the power. Due to fire hazards and insurance issues the railroad has been converting its fleet of steam engines to burn oil. As a precaution the coal burner, 481, is only allowed to operate in the winter, and preferably when there is snow on the ground. A few days prior to these trips there was a good snowfall. Down in the valley much of it had melted but in the higher elevations there is plenty of snow to enjoy. The consist is a mixed train with freight cars, coaches, and a caboose, which is similar to the way the former Denver & Rio Grande Western operated the Branch line to Silverton into the 1960's. We should also point out the lighting was spectacular with blue cloudless skies both days.

On the first day we see the engine backing to the train at Durango

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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