China Steam Spectacular DVD 4.5 of 5 (4)
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Imagine thousands of steam locomotives in everyday use, rolling through lands of stunning beauty. That was steam railroading in China in 2001 when this exciting documentary was filmed. Much of it is hauntingly similar to the American railroads of the 1930s-1950s. All of it is fascinating. Join our tour of six unique sites and see why steam in China may be the greatest railroad show on earth!
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Full-screen (4x3) Format
No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
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rrvideoman on 2007-12-06 21:20:10.
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What year is it - 1931, 1951, or 2001? Live active Steam engines, pulling heavy loads of freight and Steam passenger operations. It's all found in this very interesting video production. The rail line itself is quite modern, but that is where modern stops. Long sweeping bridges and grades, S-curves, mountainous landscape and people who live a little differently than we know in North America. Watch as "track inspections" are done on foot. Crossing gates and cross-overs are manually operated.
Steven (Sydney AUS) on 2013-03-03 16:34:42.
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Great dvd must have in your china steam collection.
Dave (Ottawa, Canada) on 2010-10-01 09:54:18.
Using reasonably modern camera technology, this video allows a look at the steam powered machines and workings of what is a long-gone era for most of the world. The film presents a variety of engine power from impressively large mainline locomotives attached to both freight and passenger operations, to rustic narrow gauge pulling what are little more than buckets on 10" wheels. Filmed in early spring, the lack of color in the landscape adds to the grit and grime that is part of steam, but it sure can become visually monotonous after a while. Made while traveling with an organized tour, the group schedule has not allowed the time necessary for the very best shots. Editing is generally okay but methinks we could have done without scenes of group meals and some awkward moments staring at the locals. Narration is non intrusive but is superficial and unimaginative with several instants of repetition. All said, because of its content, this is a worthy addition to anyone's video library, but at 2-1/2 hours and that dominant beige coloring, should be viewed in 2 or 3 sittings to maintain a sharp interest.
Bill Wellington on 2009-10-17 12:55:02.
This is one of the most impressive railway DVD's I have ever watched. Beautiful camera work, great but different scenery, just perfect, and believe me, I am a fussy Aussie, well done fellas.