Rio Grande Narrow Gauge DVD 3.5 of 5 (2)
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It's the 60's again and railfan Jim Marcus is filming in 16mm color some of the last trains over the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge. Lots of steam, smoke and spectacular scenery await you in this nostalgic and historic program. Follow doubleheader #498 and #487 from Alamosa to Chama. Next day #498 picks up 3 loads of lumber and loads sheep into double deck stock cars. You follow the train up Cumbres Pass. You're trackside as the last Rocky Mountain Railroad Club's Fall "Kolor Karavan" steams from Alamosa over Cumbres Pass to Durango and Silverton.
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Narrow minded in Colorado (Colorado) on 2010-10-15 05:17:23.
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The video is filled with spectacular images of narrow gauge in their final year of operation. There is spectacular scenery and images that can never be duplicated. The scenes of trains running between Durango and Farmington or Durango and Chama exist now only in the fading memories of those that witnessed the twilight of narrow gauge operation.
Added 2014-05-21 04:36:50 by Bob
I wholeheartedly agree. The Music on this video is Horrific!! I would much rather have dubbed in real audio of trains than have to listen to the torturous score that WB has presented. It repeats and repeats and one has to turn the sound all the way down to bear to watch the video which has excellent footage. Greg Scholl videos are the same way, Rather than dub in real locomotive sounds they choose to play classical music to crappy 8mm footage which doesnt mesh well. I think WB should reproduce this video and replace the cheap 70s music scores with some real sounds. My opinion is that if they just have 8mm shaky films from someones home movies then dont charge $30 for the video. Now if it is quality 16mm footage then I dont mind paying extra for it.
Bob (Tennessee) on 2014-06-24 14:05:47.
Absolutely one of the best Cumbres Pass videos during the Rio Grande era! Even though filmed in 66 and 67 the 16mm footage is very good. What I cannot stand or Hate is the horrible Music score that WB Video uses for their videos. You have to turn the sound down to watch it. It would be much better with dubbed in real sounds. Jim Marcus should have never given WB Video the footage to use as they are worthless editors and ruined the excellent film. Still buy it for the video but not the audio! All other WB videos have the same horrendus soundtracks from this time period. It needs to be redone completely!