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Key System Scrapbook Part Two Train Video

Key System Scrapbook Part Two Train Video Charles Smiley Presents D-132
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Post WWII era. See the end of the streetcar lines, the National City Lines take-over, and the continuation of the bridge trains until 1958. We review the similar NCL takeovers of some other large and famous electric lines that all seemed to be targeted for replacement by buses at the expense of rails.

Revisit all the lines from A to F in the years remembered by most. Highlights include the former Sacramento Northern electric interurban trains that ran on the C-line until 1941 and the freight operations that continued until 1957. See the Key System's yards, work equipment and shops.







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DVD Item#:D-132
Runtime:1 Hour, 06 Mins
Producer:Charles Smiley Presents
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(So. California) on .

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


This DVD is superb in every respect. The photography, narration and graphics are excellent. However, it is sad to realize that the Key system was dismantled by mindless, greedy people who lacked vision. The Key system took passengers practically to their doorstep. Today, only a fraction of the Key system's service is duplicated by BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

I lived in the Bay Area for almost 30 years, and to get from a BART station to my home I had to travel by bus or car, whereas the Key system would have taken me practically to my front door.

BART station parking lots are overflowing with cars. Had the Key system been maintained and even expanded, most of those automobiles would be unnecessary. The DVD preserves memories of an excellent interurban system that has sadly passed from the scene.


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

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People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


This is an excellent program, as was Part I. Charles Smiley does an outstanding job of presenting the information. Very helpful for any railfan or modeler interested in this subject!

Additional remarks by Carl Sonner:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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  •  3 of 5


Only one mention of the end of the line at 105th Ave., but no film footage of that area. There was street car turn around at E14th and 104th Ave. built in the late 1940s.
I was very disappointed there was no footage of that.


Additional remarks by Howard Miller:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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Added 2014-09-06 11:58:24 by crusader rabbit

Really? One small piece of real estate that didn't have a scene and you ignore the unique value of the countless other scenes that are found nowhere else on any video production? And image quality "a little rough around the edges" for material well over 50 years old? You realize this was shot primarily on 16mm film don't you? It looked far better to me than you seem to think.