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Review of Norfolk & Western Steam in the 1950s Volume 2

A little bit of everything N&W is here on this DVD: Freight and passenger trains, steam and diesel, excursions and even the scrapping of a steamer. This is rare color film footage now brought to you edited and transferred to DVD. Includes passenger and freight trains on the "Punkin Vine Line" (Roanoke to Winston Salem) from the camera of David Driscoll (from the N&W Historical Society collection). We'll also see some streamlined steam!

Floyd Fish captured some M Class action on the Blacksburg-Christiansburg local (known as the Huckleberry Train). We see a 611 fan trip through Williamson, West Virginia in 1959. And we'll see scenes from the Roanoke area in 1958 shot by Nick Kallas. See a big Class Y5 getting scrapped! Shot on silent 8mm film and that is how it comes to you, backed with music, as silent "film" now on DVD. 8mm color and B&W film, silent with music. No narration/sound.

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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