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Review of Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Volume 2 DVD

In volume two of the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern, we step back a bit and visit various locations along the railroad from April through July 1991, including operations on the Minersville and Tremont branches.

We’ll begin at Temple on the original Blue Mountain and Reading former Pennsy line and work our way to Tamaqua and Cressona. We then chase the Mountain Job from Gordon to Schuylkill Haven and back to Cressona. And we’ll wrap up this volume by pursuing the jobs out of Cressona on the Minersville and Tremont branches.

As seen in the first volume, trackage on these branches was some of the worst on the railroad, with limits of 10 miles per hour or less. Stalling and going “on the ground” was always a high probability on these parts due to a lack of maintenance by Conrail and its predecessors.

Digitized from the videotapes of the Joe Bednar and Cressona Joe

Narrated with commentary by Mike Bednar

Color and sound; approximately 71 minute

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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