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Review of Steam Over La Veta Pass DVD

Many of you may not be familiar with this area, so a little background is perhaps appropriate. A regional railroad, the San Luis and Rio Grande operates trackage from Alamosa east to Walsenburg, over the steep La Veta Pass, plus two shorter branches out of Alamosa. In 2007 they operated former SP 2-6-0 number 1744, and we have a video on those only charter runs, called “Southern Pacific 1744”. The railroad obtained former Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad #18 and 20 from the Grand Canyon Railroad. These engines ran in Michigan until the early 1960's.

#18 is a loud 2-8-0, and puts on a great show as we do 3 different photo charters. The first was on May 3-4, 2008 a two-day freight charter on both sides of La Veta Pass. There are some sections nearly 3% grade. There are also a couple of tunnels and several loops and scenic views.

On August 26, 2010 a passenger train consist photo charter was operated by the railroad (SLRG), and we see some fine shots of 18 and

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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