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Review of Grand Canyon Steam Spectacular DVD

We begin with a May 2011 private photo charter on the famous Grand Canyon Railway which operates from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. There are daily tourist trains, which are primarily diesel powered, with steam generally only running once a month or so. But on this weekend we have former Burlington Route 2-8-2 #4960 for two days of photo charters. The first day is a mixed freight train with numerous exciting runbys. The second day features a passenger train consist, with more nice runbys for the charter participants. Besides making smoke for still photos the exhaust sounds are good and sharp for sound on the videos.

A February 2017 charter weekend features 2-8-0 #29, as well as 4960, mostly doubleheading a passenger consist, with some great runbys. We'll meet the regular diesel tourist trains each day, and on the last day its powered by former MLW FPA-4 just so the photographers would get a bonus rare diesel for one scene. On one day there are cowboys with the t

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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