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Review of Jersey Diesels The U-Boats NJ Transit U34CHs DVD

This fine program presents the complete history of the NJ Transit U34CHs, the first commuter locomotives built with shaft-driven Head End Power (HEP).

Ordered by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad to replace older diesels equipped with steam generators, these 3600 h.p. units were constructed by General Electric at their Erie, PA plant. Deliveries commenced in 1970. The 32 U34CHs employed 3430 h.p. for traction, while the remaining 170 h.p. powered the HEP generator to provide heating, lighting and air conditioning.

You'll see the U-boats in action on the Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Morristown and Boonton lines. Exciting trackside sequences are combined with in-cab, ChoochCam, snow and night scenes. Rare archival footage of Lackawanna and Erie steam and diesel power is also included. A memorable tribute to a truly historic locomotive!

Two Hours *DVD* Hi-Fi Sound - Color with some B/W Archive Film
Produced by Marc S. Balkin - Narrated by Tom Moran

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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