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Review of South African Railways 150 Years 2 Disc DVD

Professionally photographed and produced locally in the Republic of South Africa by Vidrail, this new program reviews steam locomotion from its inception in the country in the 1800s to present electric and diesel power. Some early steam coverage is via still photos only. Much like the USA, South African railways evolved locally and regionally and had different gauges to start. Over time, organizational and government consolidation circa 1910 resulted in SAR (South African Railways), currently Transnet. Action sequences are both video and archival movie film. This is a comprehensive survey of the history of South African railway operations. Includes some imagery from countries bordering the Republic of South Africa as well. Perfect for the enthusiast who is interested in history as well as runby action. An excellent companion to the book published by VidRail covering the same topic.

Running time 4 hours on two DVDs

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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