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Review of Winter Steam Vol 1 - Steamtown Durango & Silverton La Veta Pass DVD

Steam in the winter is a spectacular sight, made all the more special by its rarity. The winter is a slow season for tourism, and most operators use the time to perform necessary maintenance on locomotives and rolling stock.

This DVD showcases four winter steam excursions. It includes the annual Tobyhanna Ice Harvest Train at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA. We'll see the 2009 train, which operated on a bitter cold day, right after a major snowstorm.

Next follows a short segment on the Cascade Canyon Winter Train on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado, with locomotive #482 re-lettered as the 'Polar Express' for the Christmas season.

The rugged Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado provide a stunning backdrop for the first ever winter steam special on the Rio Grande Scenic. In the third feature, you'll see spectacular views of 2-8-0 #18 working on both sides of La Veta Pass.

Finally, the last feature is a more in-depth look at

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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