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Review of Southern 630 - Thunder in the Rathole Steam on the CNO&TP DVD

 5 of 5 (1)
After a 20-year absence, mainline steam finally returned to the Bluegrass State in the spring of 2014. As part of the new Norfolk Southern '21st Century Steam' program, Southern Railway 2-8-0 #630 pulled a series of trips in Kentucky on the Cincinnati, New Orleans, & Texas Pacific, more commonly known as the Southern Railway's 'Rathole' line.

This program begins with coverage of two roundtrip excursions between Lexington, KY and Oneida, TN over the 2nd District of the CNO&TP. On Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st, #630 put on a spectacular show, pulling a 14-car train through the heart of the Rathole. While almost all of the 'Rathole' tunnels are gone, this is the most scenic portion of the famed Cincinnati to Chattanooga mainline, with many high bridges, deep cuts, and steep grades.

This program also includes coverage of the last mainline trip of the spring schedule on Saturday June 7th. Departing from the Grand Junction station at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

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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