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Review of Western Pacific The First 50 Years 1910 to 1960 DVD Volume 1

 5 of 5 (2)
Don Olsen originally assembled the films for these programs, first produced in 1992, and now re-issued and substantially upgraded in a two-volume set in wide screen format with stereo sound. Historian and author Ted Benson assisted in the research necessary to bring the new version to fruition.

Volume One: History of the Railroad, all types of Steam from diminutive 2-8-0s to the huge 251 class articulateds, building the Northern California Extension, snow fighting, wrecks, first generation diesels, MOW equipment.
A surveyor's vision, a rail baron's ambition, and the practices of an established monopoly combined during the early 1900's to inspire the construction of a new railroad from Salt Lake City to the San Francisco Bay.

Western Pacific: The relatively late development of the resulting Western Pacific Railroad made it possible to graphically document the road's story from its very inception in 1910. Filmmaker Don Olsen originally assembled the finest of these films

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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