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611 in Steam - Trains DVD Train Video

611 in Steam - Trains DVD Train Video Kalmbach Publishing 15113 644651151133
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Trains magazine explores the history and 2015 restoration of world famous Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611. Join us as we witness the rebirth of this classic 1950 streamlined beauty, acclaimed as the best and most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built.

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DVD Item#:15113
Runtime:1 Hour, 00 Mins
Producer:Kalmbach Publishing
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:644651151133
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(Hendersonville, NC) on .

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  •  5 of 5

If you have no experience with steam locomotives and 611 in particular, or if you have memories of 611 during the 80's and 90's excursion service, this is a must have dvd. Scene transitions are smooth, video quality and narration is top shelf. I had hoped to see more coverage of the rebuild process, alas, not much of that. The comments provided by former and retired railroaders only adds to the program value-if that's not enough, nature provided some beautiful scenery!

Additional remarks by TRAINMASTER:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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(Revere MA US) on .

  •  5 of 5

First this program starts with the history of N&W steam in the '40s and '50s (despite these films were mostly silent but with dubbed fake sounds). As well as some still images which includes 611 in 1956 during the crash but was the only j class northern in the best shape before the end of regular steam. Plus some color stills of the VMT in the '60s & '70s, with some early video tape camera footage of the j being moved from Roanoke to Birmingham in 1981, and the now 35 year old footage of 611's first excursion days in 1982. Plus 1992 action on saluda grade in north Carolina. As well as one clip of 611's final days of excursion service in 1994 due to NS' new manager Dave Goode. 15 to 16 years later with Goode's retirement. The new manager has a big heart of steam and would create the ultimate revival. As some clips of southern 2-8-0 630 is shown as well. Plus 2014 coverage of moving the j from Roanoke to Spencer during the streamliner's at Spencer event as well as restoration footages. And the test runs on national train day 2015, plus the first trip to Greensboro, and a one way homecoming trip to Roanoke. But before 611 goes home, the engine would have to perform a small freight special at Spencer. More trips were added during 611's comeback. Such as the Manassas railway festival, multiple trips to front royal over linden hill, what the railfans thought of 611 itself, and on home rails from Lynchburg to Petersburg. Plus a one way freight from Lynchburg to Spencer is shown. As well as a cab tour on how the J works. Plus a hands on the throttle experience with a southern bay window caboose, and another one way freight but its on the return home to Roanoke. As well as the 239th birthday of america weekend specials from mornings to Lynchburg, and afternoon journeys to Walton.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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