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Review of Doubleheaders on the Durango & Silverton 2-Disc DVD


In 2021 the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ran an unprecedented number of doubleheaded trains. In previous years there were usually three or four daily steam-powered trains to Silverton, but there was only one in 2021 because of staff shortages due, in part, to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unable to operate more trains, the D&S instead chose to run longer doubleheaders to cope with demand.

The Durango & Silverton was also in the process of converting its steam locomotive fleet to oil firing and there were only 3 operable oil burners at the time: K-28 #473, K-36 #480, and K-37 #493. Because of dry conditions and high fire danger, the railroad did not operate any coal burners during the summer or fall. Faced with a motive power shortage, the D&S leased Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 to serve as a helper on the doubleheaded trains to Silverton.

In addition to the daily 9am steam-powered train to Silverton, there was an 8am diesel-powered Silv

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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