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Northeast Sampler DVD 2.8 of 5 (4)

Northeast Sampler DVD Pentrex NES-DVD 748268006166
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Come along with Pentrex as we travel to the Northeast, exploring some lesser known railroads and railfanning locations. We'll see the Housatonic Railroad, operating over former New Haven tracks in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Next we'll take a trip on the Berkshire Scenic Railroad that shares the same tracks through the hills of western Massachusetts.

Going trackside in Selkirk, New York we'll watch mainline operations into and out of CSX's giant classification yard.

The diminutive Grafton and Upton Railroad, west of Boston, is a tiny shortline dating back to the 1800s that is now expanding. We'll chase their classic Geeps as they struggle with rollercoaster grades on their thrice-weekly turn.

Then we'll climb to the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington aboard the "Railway to the Moon," the famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. Watch as our steam-powered train muscles its way up a grade that reaches 37 percent!

Smaller railroads, classic motive power, and a few surprises! They're all here for you to enjoy in Pentrex's Northeast Sampler!

DVD Special Features:

Chapter Menus provide instant access to program segments.
Special Audio Feature provides the option of watching the program with or without narration.

1 Hour 35 Minutes
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-333-2
UPC: 7-48268-00616-6
Copyright Pentrex 2012

TVD Price:$ 24.95
List Price:$ 29.95
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Runtime:1 Hour, 35 Mins
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268006166
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(New Hampshire) on .

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  4 of 5

Good show. It's nice to see Pentrex give some coverage to our state treasure, the "Cog", expecially now that its no longer all-steam. Nice job covering other railroads as well - can't speak to the complaints of the other poster, but worked for me, and of course DVD is far superior to anything on YouBoob. Gets my vote.

Additional remarks by Railfan East:
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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  •  4 of 5

Glory be! Welcome back to the Northeast, mighty Pentrex! And this show is well worth waiting for. Great coverage of the Housy, the Berkshire Scenic (before the Housy tossed them off their tracks), some CSX action at Selkirk, a small railroad I'd never heard of, the Grafton and Upton, and the showstopper - the Mt. Washington Cog - in it's full-steam glory.

Very good videography and pacing, a welcome addition to the catalog after several years of SoCal monotony! Welcome back to the Northeast, Pentrex - I hope you'll stay awhile.

Additional remarks by cr6610:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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  •  2 of 5

Too much time devoted to following a single train. Could have put in more of the different aspects of each railroad.

Additional remarks by Big Harry:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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  •  1 of 5

As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, I can assure Pentrex there is much more to offer in New England than what was covered in this DVD. The primary reason I bought this DVD was to see the Housatonic, and I was in for a surprise. Railfans familiar with the Housatonic might be pleased to see GP-7 7324 and GP-9 1802 in operation, but will recognize that this footage is six years old. That, combined with the fact that some of the footage is already available on Youtube (see Housatonic NX-12 by Superedit), leads me to the conclusion that Pentrex bought this footage and did not actually send out crews to record it. For that reason alone I feel cheated, not by Train Video Depot, but by Pentrex. I paid $19.99 for footage I could have watched for free on YouTube. There is also no coverage of Housatonic operations south of Canaan. The rest of the DVD is nothing spectacular. The same trains are seen repeatedly (meaning no variety) on the Berkshire Scenic, Grafton and Upton and the CSX coverage is limited to the same old locations covered in other productions from various producers; CP SK, Game Farm Road and an access road that parallels the entrance to Selkirk Yard. I want my money back.

Additional remarks by Joe:
Narration: Just enough.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
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 2012-11-30 20:02:23 by Joe

UPDATE: Pentrex assured me that the Housatonic footage was not purchased and that the video would be removed from YouTube. It has, giving the DVD some value for those who purchase it. I am standing by the rest of my review regarding the lack of variety and locations covered in the DVD.

Added 2012-12-23 13:55:54 by NE Railfan

Dude, did you read the title? SAMPLER? Clearly you were expecting comprehensive coverage all over the map for your 20 bucks. Get real. As for me, I enjoyed the vintage footage of the Housy (with Geeps no longer on the railroad), the Cog (now decidedly less than all-steam) and the now-embargoed Berkshire Scenic. I can't imagine what you thought your twenty clams would buy you, but you're obviously hard to please. As for me - color me satisfied.