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Review of Nickel Plate Road Steam in the 1950s

Railfan and amateur historian Howard W. Ameling joins fellow railfan and professional railroader Lee Avis to bring us Nickel Plate steam from the 1950s. Rare film footage now brought to you edited and transferred to DVD! This is the NYC&StL shot around Bluffton. We'll see mainline running with 700 & 800 class 2-8-4 Berks and other wheel arrangements. The coverage of engine servicing areas includes aerial footage of the roundhouse and coaling tower.

See many different steam engines, with a couple first generation diesels. Shot on silent, B&W 8mm film. Limited narration and backed with music.

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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