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BNSF around Savanna, Illinois Blu-Ray

Savanna, Illinois, 138 miles west of Chicago on the Mississippi River, was once one of the busiest railroad towns west of Chicago. Savanna was the first crew change and division point west of Chicago for two class I railroads, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more transcontinental streamliners hammered the diamond crossing of the two railroads in Savanna than in any other small town west of Chicago. It was all too good to last. The Milwaukee Road became Canadian Pacific, then I&M Rail Link, Iowa Chicago and Eastern, and finally DM&E, with the shops, yard, and most of the trains gone. Burlington successor Burlington Northern closed the yard and eliminated their crew change in Savanna. Then traffic began to rise on BNSF. With the explosion in crude oil from the Bakken shale oil field, Savanna again became a busy crew base and forty to fifty BNSF trains a day now run through Savanna. BNSF was averaging around seven crude oil trains a day and the corresponding empties through Savanna during our visit in the fall of 2013. Just south of Savanna the BNSF main divides with trains heading east to Chicago and south to Galesburg. This program shows over twenty-four hours of BNSF action in October of 2013 in and around this railfan hotspot, including trains along the Mississippi River and ones viewed from the Palisades that line the east bank of the river north of Savanna. And with BNSF being power short this fall, just about anything can be seen on the head end of their trains. “BNSF around Savanna, Illinois” is a two DVD set and is two hours and 51 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $42.95

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

BNSF around Savanna, Illinois DVD

Savanna, Illinois, 138 miles west of Chicago on the Mississippi River, was once one of the busiest railroad towns west of Chicago. Savanna was the first crew change and division point west of Chicago for two class I railroads, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more transcontinental streamliners hammered the diamond crossing of the two railroads in Savanna than in any other small town west of Chicago. It was all too good to last. The Milwaukee Road became Canadian Pacific, then I&M Rail Link, Iowa Chicago and Eastern, and finally DM&E, with the shops, yard, and most of the trains gone. Burlington successor Burlington Northern closed the yard and eliminated their crew change in Savanna. Then traffic began to rise on BNSF. With the explosion in crude oil from the Bakken shale oil field, Savanna again became a busy crew base and forty to fifty BNSF trains a day now run through Savanna. BNSF was averaging around seven crude oil trains a day and the corresponding empties through Savanna during our visit in the fall of 2013. Just south of Savanna the BNSF main divides with trains heading east to Chicago and south to Galesburg. This program shows over twenty-four hours of BNSF action in October of 2013 in and around this railfan hotspot, including trains along the Mississippi River and ones viewed from the Palisades that line the east bank of the river north of Savanna. And with BNSF being power short this fall, just about anything can be seen on the head end of their trains. “BNSF around Savanna, Illinois” is a two DVD set and is two hours and 51 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $42.95

  • Video Format: DVD

The producer, Dick Eisfeller, and his better half, his wife Barbara at the Big Train Show in West Springfield, MA in January of 2009

Welcome to Big "E" Productions at trainvideos.com 
All of our programs are now available in DVD format (9 in Blu-ray).  VHS is no longer available.  
  We now have 279 programs available in DVD.

Three new programs on BNSF around Savanna, Il, NS’s Port Road, and CSX in the Berkshires are ready to ship. These are our 7th, 8th, and 9th programs to be released in both Blu-ray and in regular DVD. You need to specify what type of DVD you are ordering with these new programs. All of our DVD’s have chapters and menus and the 114 newest ones – everything videotaped from 2004 on and a few programs from 2003 - have a choice of being watched with narration and without narration by using the menu or audio and language buttons on your DVD player controller. 279 programs are available in DVD (9 in Blu-ray) and all are listed in the flyers. No other train video producer shows and explains railroading like we do and our catalogue includes programs on fallen flags ATSF, SP, Wisconsin Central, and Conrail. Our shipping and handling charge on repeat orders remains $5.00 with no charge on orders over $100. We offer discounts on large orders. See flyers for details. These discounts are available only by mail and phone. If you have questions and get our answering machine, please leave your name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible.
No other train video producer shows and explains railroading like we do and our catalogue includes programs on fallen flags ATSF, SP, Wisconsin Central, and Conrail. Our shipping and handling charge on repeat orders remains $5.00 with no charge on orders over $100. We offer discounts on large orders. See flyers for details. These discounts are available only by mail and phone. If you have questions and get our answering machine, please leave your name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible. 
 
279 programs in DVD (9 of these available in Blu-ray)
2 copies of Logbooks
 
Our programs show the whole train

  • Most programs show all trains for 24 hours or more
  • Train symbols, origins, history, and operations covered in narration
  • No train video producer does a better job of explaining railroading than we do
  • Our programs are truly documentaries of railroading
  • Years 1992 to present

Our mission is to document the incredible changes going on in today's railroading. Our programs are aimed at customers interested in operations and fans and modelers that want to know what is truly going on in railroading and to see the whole train. We are the only train video producer who makes every effort to identify and show complete trains. Expert commentary tells about the changes in operations over the years, schedules, and what a particular train is carrying and where it is going. Most of our DVDs and videos show 24 hours of action on a particular line or at a given point. These programs give a 24 hour "look" at today's railroading that is unprecedented in the train video industry and will become more valuable as time goes on.  Our programs are documentaries that cover contemporary railroading from 1992 to the present and were shot in locations all over the United States and Canada. These DVDs and videos are not simply a collection of runbys of locomotives and a few head end cars taken at different places. We are recording history!  That is why original slogan was "No More Mindless Runbys."