Diverging Clear Productions
Length: 41 minutes on DVD-R + 42 on audio CD-R
Time Period: September, 2013
Locations: Chattanooga to Cleveland, Tennessee.
Source: Mary McPherson, Kurt Jensen,Tom Dunn
Southern Railway 630 is a beautifully restored Consolidation on the DVD. There is an accompanying audio CD of this engine. An innovative package.
Kurt Jensen narrates this show. He is a natural at hosting. Clear speaking voice and good delivery. The script contains most of the information desired. I would have moved, and modified a few things for greater clarity, but most of it is in there. There were 4 roundtrips on this weekend over two days. Not a long program, but less is sometimes more……
My only real issue is the title… Cleveland? More accurate, ‘On the mainline to the middle of nowhere’. Buyers will probably assume Cleveland, Ohio- NOT Cleveland, Tennessee. Nevertheless, aside from the title, the show content is solid.
Sounds of the 630, is the title of the CD. Mary enjoys listening to trains as well. For review purposes, this is a bonus disc. Haven’t factored it in as far as ratings. There are 16 tracks. Good recordings. Some tracks are better then others. Maybe, I will open the windows and rock the neighborhood on the home sound system……. Where’s the train ??
Producer Mary McPherson has achieved a higher level program with this show. Tight editing, fine script and the map usage are some elements. It never drags out, as it has a good balance of movement and rest. This new release is comparable to some of the professional companies programs. Very well done. As a result, the show rates at the higher pro level.
Rating: 4 Stars