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Review of SP 4449 Washington Steamfest

 3.5 of 5 (2)
With renewed interest in the 4449 after its trip east to Michigan in 2009, fans will surely enjoy this video that is new to dvd in 2009. First we start with 4449 traveling from Portland to Kennewick, Washington along the BN mainline through the Columbia River region with majestic scenery. 4449 hauled coaches to the host railroad from Portland. The Washington Central, a private operator in 1990, was the host for trips operating on former Northern Pacific Trackage. On Friday we watch 4449 on two roundtrips from Kennewick to Prosser, and watch it depart Kennewick at dusk to Yakima on a dinner train.

On Saturday we watch 4449 on two runs to Ellensburg through the scenic Yakima Canyon. On Sunday the 4449 makes an all-day trip from Yakima to Cle Elum, traveling through the scenic Yakima and Cle Elum canyons on this round-trip. In addition to 4449 action we also see former Great Western 2-8-0 number 51 on two trips during this weekend, as it was based in the area at this time. There is

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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