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Review of Chesapeake & Ohio 614 Track Speed DVD

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This DVD covers the excursions Chesapeake & Ohio #614 ran on New Jersey Transit in 1997 and 1998. It has been digitally mastered from my original VHS videotapes.

Built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1948, C&O #614 was one of the last 4-8-4 type locomotives (called Greenbriers on the C&O) constructed in the United States, and also one of the most advanced in terms of design. All roller bearing - with an enormous boiler - and the most modern steam technology, #614 is an impressive machine, especially when witnessed pounding the rails at track speed as she was built to do.

If you've seen any of my #614 videos on Youtube, you know how spectacular these trips were, and how increasingly rare this type of mainline steam action is now. We see #614 pull 20+ car passenger trains unassisted at speeds up to 79mph on the former Erie Railroad mainline between Hoboken, NJ and Port Jervis, NY. This DVD features plenty of pacing (with some incredibly close shots of the locomotive) and ma

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
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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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