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Review of Memories of the New York Ontario and Western DVD

This fine program presents a nostalgic look at the fabled NYO&W from 1946 through the early 1950s. The original footage was shot on 8mm black-and-white movie film, and while it may not be up to current-day production standards, it does give an excellent "feel" for the railroad.

We've also added some interesting bonus footage, in the form of a delightful Railroad Quiz produced by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in the early 1950s.

Part I, filmed by rail book publisher Hal Carstens, opens with a ferry ride across New York Harbor on a New York Central boat, followed by several scenes in Weehawken Terminal. Then, climb aboard F3 503 for a cab ride to Roscoe, shot from the locomotive cab. The engine is wyed, and Hal rides the cab again for the return trip.

Part II features a tour of the New York Ontario & Western from Weehawken to Liberty, NY, shot onboard the train from an open-platform observation car. Highlights include a meet with an O&W FT-powered reefe

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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