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Review of Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Volume 4 DVD

In 1992, Conrail would again divest themselves of trackage and operations in the coal regions through their continuing consolidation program. The Reading & Northern acquired trackage from Conrail near Hazleton to serve the Jeddo Coal Company and purchased trackage from East Mahanoy Junction to Oneida and the line to Delano from Schuylkill County. This would allow the bulk of remaining rail shipments of Anthracite coal to be funneled through Reading.

The Reading & Northern would handle the acquisition and blending of Anthracite coal from different companies in the coal regions and transfer it to Conrail in North Reading. Conrail would then deliver the blended coal to port in Baltimore for export.

During this time, the R&N also acquired GE U23B locomotives from Conrail to handle the increased traffic and replace a few of the aging locomotives on the roster.

In volume 4, we’ll witness the qualifying run on the newly acquired line from East Mahanoy Junction to Delano

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.
Good.
Excellent!

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.
Fair.
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.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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