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Review of Conrail EMD SD80MAC Operator Familiarization DVD

This Conrail/EMD produced video provides the viewer with a detailed look at the new SD-80MAC 5000 HP 20 cylinder, two cycle 80 foot long diesel engine. Bill Faulhaber, Conrail's manager of locomotive engineer training takes us on a tour describing all the new features of the engine including the new HTCR II self steering radial trucks, AC traction system, whisper cab, performance characteristics, inspection and trouble shooting procedures, as well as a full description of the cab controls, AR screen displays, menu set ups and throttle and dynamic brake operation. Part two of the program explains the new EL-106a locomotive defect reporting and recording form.

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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