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Review of Riding the Narrow Gauge in the 1950s - Greg Scholl Video Productions

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My father Warren Scholl was introduced to the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in 1954 as he rode a Rocky Mountain Railroad Club sponsored trip for 3 days. K-36 2-8-2 #487 handles the train the first day from Alamosa to Durango over Cumbres Pass, via Chama. From Chama we see views from the caboose cupola right behind the engine, on a section of trackage that was taken out after freight operations ceased in 1968. The second day we make a roundtrip to the famous town of Silverton along the Animas River. A rare diesel is used in the form of N4700, which is a helper for engine #7, which is really K-28 #476 in movie garb. This was a rare trip for the diesel which was seldom seen outside of switching in Durango. In 1956 another trip was made to the area, and the whole family was along for this adventure. K-37 #490 was used from Alamosa to Durango and return, and in one shot we pass a freight lead by 487. Prior to this trip there are neat scenes pacing a doubleheader from Alamosa to An

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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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