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Review of Memories of the Western Maryland DVD

The Western Maryland Railway was famous for its huge steam locomotive, F-unit diesels, and spectacular scenery. This nostalgic full-color portrait of the line in its heyday offers all three in abundance.

The program opens with an exciting showcase of steam on the Elkins branch, featuring trains with as many as seven steam locomotives, including the massive 2-8-0s, 2-10-2s and 4-6-6-4 Challengers that muscled tonnage over the mountains.

Diesel power is represented by a parade of F-units hauling freight from Cumberland to Connellsville. Many famous WM locations are visited, including Salisbury Viaduct, Deal, Helmstetter's Curve and the Cumberland Narrows. A portion of this line is now operated by the Western Maryland Scenic Railway tourist line.

30 Minutes *DVD* Full Color * Synchronized Sound
Produced by Marc S. Balkin

Color Archive Film by George Leilich, Gordon Roth, Tom Kelcec and John Briggs

TVD NOTE: Runtime is showing as 30 minutes in text abo

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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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