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Review of Gerald M Bests 1927 Steam Odyssey Chicago to New York Camelback Country DVD

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From Chicago to New York's Camelback Country Featuring the New York, Ontario & Western

Noted rail cinematographer Gerald M. Best is well known for his early films of Western railroading. But in 1927, Gerald decided to go home to Port Jervis, New York and on that trip he photographed Eastern railroading as you have never seen it before.

Best starts his trip in Chicago and works east along the New York Central's famed Water Level Route mainline. The real stars of his camera are the Camelback steam locomotives of the New York, Ontario & Western and the Erie. "Mother Hubbards," they called them, and you'll see them working through some beautiful New York State countryside.

See them here: Chicago & North Western; Rock Island; Erie; New York Central; Delaware, Lackawanna & Western; and of course the "Old & Weary" in the featured role. Get set for some very rare footage of some very rare railroading in the year 1927.

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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