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Review of Mass Traction Action - Springfield Holyoke Boston DVD

 5 of 5 (1)
Sixty years ago, every major city had a mass transportation system that operated on steel rails embedded in its streets and powered by overhead wires. Thanks to the late Donald Shaw for shooting these films in all kinds of weather and to Ken DeCelle for preserving them. Thanks, too, to Ken's brother, Richard, for allowing us to produce them. We visit three Massachusetts citys during the last days of traction operations. In Boston, we have RARE images of the narrow gauge Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn, complete with its cross harbor ferry boats, and the Boston Elevated Railway. Don had extensive coverage of the Springfield Street Railway, including the massive damage during the great 1938 hurricane and flood. Finally, we see the Holyoke Street Railway in service, right down to the burning of the cars and the scrapping of the right-of-way. Some scenes are in full color.

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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