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Review of Rio Grande Excursions Alamosa Durango & Silverton in the 1960s DVD

This video begins with a ride on the Durango to Silverton line in June of 1963 behind K-28 number 478. Then we ride a Memorial Day weekend excursion from Alamosa toward Durango with K-36 number 484. We encounter some snow around Cumbres pass heading west. Next is a segment riding behind number 476 (straight stack), which has to be prior to 1956. Then we see some more trackside views of trains on the line to Silverton in the 1960's. All this is when it was still owned by the D&RGW.

Now here is where it gets interesting. This unknown photographer who shot the mainline excursions edited together his eastbound journey.

What we have is a trip where he rode behind 484 on a September 23, 1965 trip that was a small group of around 100 patrons from California. This train was shorter than most excursions, and they did a couple of nice runbys along the trip from Durango to Chama including Monero Canyon, on the section which was torn up in 1970. Meanwhile he chased a trip that was a

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.

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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