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Review of Ross Rowland Giant of Steam DVD

Here is the fascinating story of Ross E. Rowland, Jr. Considered by many to be America's Greatest Railfan, Rowland was largely responsible for creating the steam locomotive excursion industry.

Beginning with a modest series of High Iron Company trips in the mid-1960s featuring several ex-Canadian Pacific 4-6-2s and ex-Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 759, Ross next created the famous Golden Spike Centennial Limited in 1969 to celebrate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, again featuring the 759. The magnificent American Freedom Train followed in 1975 and 76. Pulled by several steam locomotives on a 21-month transcontinental tour visiting 138 cities and attracting more than seven million paid visitors, the Freedom Train was the only nationwide celebration of America's Bicentennial.

In 1977 and 78, Ross developed the Chessie Steam Special to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, America's first railroad. More than 100 steam-powered excursio

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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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