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Review of Susquehanna Steam Express Engine 142 Souvenir DVD

 4 of 5 (1)
This unique program presents the complete story of the Susquehanna Railroad's Chinese-built SY Class 2-8-2 142, one of the world's newest steam locomotives.

Constructed in 1989 by the TangShan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Works in China, the 142 was originally delivered to the Valley Railroad tourist line in Connecticut as their number 1647.

The program describes the history of the SY class and shows these interesting engines in action at various locations in China. Then, for the first time in railroad video, we'll take you into the large TangShan erecting shops to follow the construction of a steam locomotive. Every phase of the operation is included, from the machining of individual parts to placing the boiler on its frame. You'll also see brand new steam locomotives being fired and test run at the plant.

Next, the career of Valley 1647 is detailed, beginning at Camden, NJ, where she was unloaded from a freighter after the long journey from China. Coverage inlcudes

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
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2 Star Fair
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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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