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Below are the ten newest releases from Big "E" Productions in both DVD-R and VHS format.

The New Northern Indiana Expressways, Part I - CSX DVD

On June 1st, 1999, CSX and Norfolk Southern split up Conrail and began operating their respective shares.  The face of railroading in the East changed overnight.  Part I of “The New Northern Indiana Expressways”, shows the changes in the trains and operations on CSX’s Garrett Subdivision across northern Indiana, a.k.a. their “new expressway”, two years and three months after Conrail was broken up.  This video shows all of the trains for over 24 hours around Nappanee, 105 miles east of Chicago in September of 2001.  Length - 113 minutes.  This is not a new program.  It was accidentally left off the web page and was videotaped in 2001.

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

PSR on NS's Premier Corridor in Northern Indiana Blu-Ray

Several years ago Norfolk Southern began referring to its line to Chicago from northern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore as the Premier Corridor – the busiest line for freight traffic in the eastern half of the United States and the most important freight corridor on the entire NS system.  And this includes their former New York Central Chicago Line from Cleveland to Chicago.  This video shows the trains and operations on NS’s Chicago Line in northern Indiana, east of Elkhart, for over thirty-six hours in October of 2019.  Norfolk Southern recently implemented their version of precision scheduled railroading called their Top-21 plan system-wide on their manifest trains.  PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor has resulted in fewer but longer trains and the first regular use of distributed power in over thirty-five years on this line.  In June of 1999 the face of railroading in the East changed overnight. It has now been over twenty years since CSX and Norfolk Southern split up Conrail and began operating their respective shares.  NS has greatly increased their share of intermodal traffic between the East Coast and Chicago versus CSX.  This program shows that growth and the effect of PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor since our last look at NS’s Chicago line east of Toledo in 2014.  And, in addition to Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited, Canadian Pacific’s trains between Chicago and Detroit also utilize this busy and at times congested line between Butler and Chicago.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.  It is a two disk set and is 3 hours and 15 minutes in length.

Price: $44.95

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  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

PSR on NS's Premier Corridor in Northern Indiana DVD

Several years ago Norfolk Southern began referring to its line to Chicago from northern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore as the Premier Corridor – the busiest line for freight traffic in the eastern half of the United States and the most important freight corridor on the entire NS system.  And this includes their former New York Central Chicago Line from Cleveland to Chicago.  This video shows the trains and operations on NS’s Chicago Line in northern Indiana, east of Elkhart, for over thirty-six hours in October of 2019.  Norfolk Southern recently implemented their version of precision scheduled railroading called their Top-21 plan system-wide on their manifest trains.  PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor has resulted in fewer but longer trains and the first regular use of distributed power in over thirty-five years on this line.  In June of 1999 the face of railroading in the East changed overnight. It has now been over twenty years since CSX and Norfolk Southern split up Conrail and began operating their respective shares.  NS has greatly increased their share of intermodal traffic between the East Coast and Chicago versus CSX.  This program shows that growth and the effect of PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor since our last look at NS’s Chicago line east of Toledo in 2014.  And, in addition to Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited, Canadian Pacific’s trains between Chicago and Detroit also utilize this busy and at times congested line between Butler and Chicago.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.  It is a two disk set and is 3 hours and 15 minutes in length.

Price: $44.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern's former Wabash Lafayette District Blu-Ray

Norfolk Southern recently implemented precision scheduled railroading system-wide on their manifest trains.  This video shows the trains and operations on NS’s Lafayette District west of Lafayette, Indiana for over twenty-four hours in October of 2019.  PSR on this Detroit and Fort Wayne to Decatur, Illinois traffic lane has resulted in fewer but longer trains and the first use of distributed power in nearly fifty years on this line.  Where we videotaped, this superbly engineered, high-speed former Wabash line constructed over one hundred and sixty years ago follows the Wabash River mostly near the top of the valley and then crosses the Wabash at Attica, Indiana where we spent the night.  Trains from Detroit, Fort Wayne, Bellevue, southwest of Cleveland, the Southeast via Muncie and Frankfort, Indiana, and the East Coast take this line to Decatur and to the major rail centers and connections at St. Louis, and Kansas City.  This line hosts an eclectic mix of manifest, intermodal, auto and unit trains along with the last remaining RoadRailers.  Although there are fewer auto parts and finished autos through here than there was before the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, this line still sees nearly solid trains of auto parts cars and continues to deserve the moniker – automotive artery.  This DVD is one hour and 27 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Norfolk Southern's former Wabash Lafayette District DVD

Norfolk Southern recently implemented precision scheduled railroading system-wide on their manifest trains.  This video shows the trains and operations on NS’s Lafayette District west of Lafayette, Indiana for over twenty-four hours in October of 2019.  PSR on this Detroit and Fort Wayne to Decatur, Illinois traffic lane has resulted in fewer but longer trains and the first use of distributed power in nearly fifty years on this line.  Where we videotaped, this superbly engineered, high-speed former Wabash line constructed over one hundred and sixty years ago follows the Wabash River mostly near the top of the valley and then crosses the Wabash at Attica, Indiana where we spent the night.  Trains from Detroit, Fort Wayne, Bellevue, southwest of Cleveland, the Southeast via Muncie and Frankfort, Indiana, and the East Coast take this line to Decatur and to the major rail centers and connections at St. Louis, and Kansas City.  This line hosts an eclectic mix of manifest, intermodal, auto and unit trains along with the last remaining RoadRailers.  Although there are fewer auto parts and finished autos through here than there was before the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, this line still sees nearly solid trains of auto parts cars and continues to deserve the moniker – automotive artery.  This DVD is one hour and 27 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CSX Indianapolis Line Subdivision, a.k.a. The Bee Line Blu-Ray

This program shows over 24 hours of action on CSX’s former Conrail and New York Central line between Cleveland and Indianapolis around Union City on the Ohio – Indiana border in October of 2019.  This line carries all of CSX’s traffic from the East Coast and upper Midwest to Indianapolis and East St. Louis.  Recently, some automotive traffic from the East for Louisville was re-routed via Indianapolis and the Louisville and Indiana Railroad to Louisville, instead of taking the congested “Short Line” from Cincinnati to Louisville.  Most of this is loaded and empty auto racks which are classified at Louisville.  Beginning in early 2017 when Hunter Harrison arrived at CSX, there have been dramatic changes in operations as many hump classification yards were closed and trains combined or discontinued.  The result has been fewer but longer trains that will be on display in this video.  This line is known today as the Bee Line, as in honeybee, ostensibly because it runs in a relatively straight line between Cleveland and Indianapolis.  But the original nickname was only the letter B, referring to the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine and Bellefontaine and Indiana railroads who met at what would become Union City in 1853.  The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Panhandle Line used to cross the Bee Line in Union City, Indiana at grade.  The long closed tower is still standing and the Preservation Society of Union City is trying to raise money to move and restore the tower.  This DVD is one hour and 21 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

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  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CSX Indianapolis Line Subdivision, a.k.a. The Bee Line DVD

This program shows over 24 hours of action on CSX’s former Conrail and New York Central line between Cleveland and Indianapolis around Union City on the Ohio – Indiana border in October of 2019.  This line carries all of CSX’s traffic from the East Coast and upper Midwest to Indianapolis and East St. Louis.  Recently, some automotive traffic from the East for Louisville was re-routed via Indianapolis and the Louisville and Indiana Railroad to Louisville, instead of taking the congested “Short Line” from Cincinnati to Louisville.  Most of this is loaded and empty auto racks which are classified at Louisville.  Beginning in early 2017 when Hunter Harrison arrived at CSX, there have been dramatic changes in operations as many hump classification yards were closed and trains combined or discontinued.  The result has been fewer but longer trains that will be on display in this video.  This line is known today as the Bee Line, as in honeybee, ostensibly because it runs in a relatively straight line between Cleveland and Indianapolis.  But the original nickname was only the letter B, referring to the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine and Bellefontaine and Indiana railroads who met at what would become Union City in 1853.  The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Panhandle Line used to cross the Bee Line in Union City, Indiana at grade.  The long closed tower is still standing and the Preservation Society of Union City is trying to raise money to move and restore the tower.  This DVD is one hour and 21 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio Blu-Ray

Railroad Town U. S. A. There used to be many small cities and towns spread throughout the Midwest with that nickname.  Today, with fewer manifest cars to be classified, fewer shops with modern diesels, and fewer crew change points with longer crew districts, many former railroad towns are now just pass through places, and some of these former railroad towns have even lost their railroad.  Not so with Bellevue in north central Ohio, southwest of Cleveland.  A railroad town since the Nickel Plate arrived in 1882, today this small city with 8200 inhabitants is busier than ever.  With the completion of the near doubling of size of their huge classification yard northeast of town in 2015, now known as Moorman Yard, Norfolk Southern in Bellevue is busier than ever.  Five NS lines run into Bellevue plus the Wheeling and Lake Erie and there still is a locomotive shop there in addition to the eighty track classification yard.  And there is even a railfan platform west of the yard near downtown Bellevue, thanks to the hard work of the nearby Mad River and NKP Museum and the Kemper family.  This program shows twenty-four hours of action at or near the Kemper Rail Park railfan platform on the lines to Fort Wayne, Columbus and Toledo in April of 2019.  This program can be watched with or without narration.  This is a three disk set and is four hours and thirty-two minutes in length.

Price: $50.95

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  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio DVD

Railroad Town U. S. A. There used to be many small cities and towns spread throughout the Midwest with that nickname.  Today, with fewer manifest cars to be classified, fewer shops with modern diesels, and fewer crew change points with longer crew districts, many former railroad towns are now just pass through places, and some of these former railroad towns have even lost their railroad.  Not so with Bellevue in north central Ohio, southwest of Cleveland.  A railroad town since the Nickel Plate arrived in 1882, today this small city with 8200 inhabitants is busier than ever.  With the completion of the near doubling of size of their huge classification yard northeast of town in 2015, now known as Moorman Yard, Norfolk Southern in Bellevue is busier than ever.  Five NS lines run into Bellevue plus the Wheeling and Lake Erie and there still is a locomotive shop there in addition to the eighty track classification yard.  And there is even a railfan platform west of the yard near downtown Bellevue, thanks to the hard work of the nearby Mad River and NKP Museum and the Kemper family.  This program shows twenty-four hours of action at or near the Kemper Rail Park railfan platform on the lines to Fort Wayne, Columbus and Toledo in April of 2019.   This program can be watched with or without narration.  This is a three disk set and is four hours and thirty-two minutes in length.

Price: $50.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CSX Nashville to Louisville and Evansville Mains Blu-Ray

This program shows 24 hours of action on CSX’s Nashville to Louisville and then twenty-four hours on their Nashville to Evansville main lines.  The historic Louisville to Nashville line, now referred to as CSX’s Mainline Subdivision, was the original main line of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.  The busier Evansville to Nashville line is today called the Henderson Subdivision and is part of CSX’s Southeast Corridor from Chicago to Florida – CSX’s busiest route from the upper Midwest to Florida via Evansville, Nashville, and Birmingham.  The videotaping on both lines was done around and just south of the cities of Portland and Springfield, Tennessee, forty-two and thirty miles north of Nashville respectively.  These lie just beyond the summits of the climb out of the Cumberland River Valley.  Both lines utilize tunnels to pierce the Highland Rim or ridge at the top of the climb up the escarpment north of Nashville although these tunnels are not accessible for photography.  To the north both lines then traverse parts of the Pennyroyal Plateau on their way to the Ohio River at Louisville and Evansville.  Both lines come together at Amqui, ten miles north of downtown Nashville where we spent twenty-four hours in 1995.  With the much longer trains of today, the trains on this program which was videotaped in April of 2019, makes for an interesting comparison to that of twenty-four years ago, thanks to Hunter Harrison’s precision scheduled railroading.  PSR has resulted in some trains being well over two miles in length with many utilizing distributed power or radio controlled slave units in the middle or on the rear of the train.  Two hours and 30 minutes in length.  Two disk set.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $38.95

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  • Video Format: Blu-Ray