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No More Mindless Runbys
Below are the ten newest releases from Big "E" Productions in both DVD-R and VHS format.

Norfolk Southern's Birmingham to Meridian Main DVD

This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on Norfolk Southern’s busy line between Birmingham, Alabama and Meridian Mississippi. Trains were videotaped between Meridian and York, Alabama, on both sides of the Alabama – Mississippi line, in October of 2012. Thanks to the 2006 agreement between Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern that gave NS a thirty percent share of KCS’s Meridian to Shreveport Speedway and the right to connect with Union Pacific at Shreveport, the train count through Meridian has been growing as Union Pacific shifts their intermodal traffic between the West Coast and Southeast to the Meridian gateway, and the economy continues to slowly recover from the great recession. This route via KCS at Meridian and UP at Shreveport known as the Meridian Speedway is the shortest route from Atlanta to the West Coast. Today this historic former Southern Railway main line hosts many long intermodal and manifest trains, some with distributed power, along with Amtrak’s Crescent. UP, KCS, and NS power is freely mixed on the trains that flow between NS in Atlanta, and UP in Shreveport or KCS in Dallas. Norfolk Southern's Birmingham to Meridian Main is 65 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

BNSF's Birmingham to Memphis Main

BNSF main lines blanket over half of the U. S., but one of the areas that you would not expect to see BNSF trains is in northern Mississippi and Alabama on former St. Louis-San Francisco track. Thanks to predecessor Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham completing a line between Memphis and Birmingham 125 years ago, BNSF’s easternmost gateway is Birmingham in northern Alabama where BNSF and CSX share an important connection. Today this line hosts a wide mix of train types from hot “Z” trains to nineteen thousand ton coal and taconite trains with radio controlled distributed power on both ends of the train. The new Toyota assembly plant just south of where we videotaped has added new business and this line is the primary interchange in the Southeast for intermodal business between CSX and BNSF. BNSF also gets finished autos from Norfolk Southern in Birmingham. This program shows over 30 hours of action on BNSF’s Birmingham to Memphis main in northern Mississippi in October of 2012. "BNSF's Birmingham to Memphis Main" is 62 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

BNSF's Birmingham to Memphis Main DVD

BNSF main lines blanket over half of the U. S., but one of the areas that you would not expect to see BNSF trains is in northern Mississippi and Alabama on former St. Louis-San Francisco track. Thanks to predecessor Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham completing a line between Memphis and Birmingham 125 years ago, BNSF’s easternmost gateway is Birmingham in northern Alabama where BNSF and CSX share an important connection. Today this line hosts a wide mix of train types from hot “Z” trains to nineteen thousand ton coal and taconite trains with radio controlled distributed power on both ends of the train. The new Toyota assembly plant just south of where we videotaped has added new business and this line is the primary interchange in the Southeast for intermodal business between CSX and BNSF. BNSF also gets finished autos from Norfolk Southern in Birmingham. This program shows over 30 hours of action on BNSF’s Birmingham to Memphis main in northern Mississippi in October of 2012. "BNSF's Birmingham to Memphis Main" is 62 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CN AND CP Southwestern Ontario Mains

For over 120 years Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways and their predecessors have competed for traffic in Southwestern Ontario between Toronto and the Buffalo – Niagara Falls gateway and the U. S. border at Sarnia or Windsor with the large industrial city and one-time crew change point of London roughly midway between Toronto and the border. “CN and CP Southwestern Ontario Mains” shows over twenty-four hours of action in September of 2012 on both CN and CP main lines in southwestern Ontario. Canadian National was videotaped first on their Dundas Subdivision in the beautiful Thames River valley east of London around Ingersoll, then Canadian Pacific was videotaped on their Windsor Sub west of London in the flatter farmland of extreme southwestern Ontario. CN’s Dundas Sub between Toronto and London is two main tracks with CTC and also hosts five pair of Via passenger trains, while CP’s Windsor sub is a throwback to a previous era of railroading with automatic block signals, hand thrown siding switches, and track occupancy warrants issued by radio. “CN and CP Southwestern Ontario Mains” is 1 hour and 25 minutes in length and has the option of being viewed with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

CN AND CP Southwestern Ontario Mains DVD

For over 120 years Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways and their predecessors have competed for traffic in Southwestern Ontario between Toronto and the Buffalo – Niagara Falls gateway and the U. S. border at Sarnia or Windsor with the large industrial city and one-time crew change point of London roughly midway between Toronto and the border. “CN and CP Southwestern Ontario Mains” shows over twenty-four hours of action in September of 2012 on both CN and CP main lines in southwestern Ontario. Canadian National was videotaped first on their Dundas Subdivision in the beautiful Thames River valley east of London around Ingersoll, then Canadian Pacific was videotaped on their Windsor Sub west of London in the flatter farmland of extreme southwestern Ontario. CN’s Dundas Sub between Toronto and London is two main tracks with CTC and also hosts five pair of Via passenger trains, while CP’s Windsor sub is a throwback to a previous era of railroading with automatic block signals, hand thrown siding switches, and track occupancy warrants issued by radio. “CN and CP Southwestern Ontario Mains” is 1 hour and 25 minutes in length and has the option of being viewed with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern's Fostoria District in 2012

“Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District in 2012” shows over 24 hours of action on Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District, west of Fostoria and east of New Haven, Indiana where the Fostoria District joins the former Wabash line from Detroit, in September of 2012. This part of the Fostoria District is nearly straight and very flat as it crosses what was once known as the Black Swamp of northwest Ohio. And it was the heart of the greatly admired Nickel Plate, arguably the financially strongest railroad in the East before its disappearance into the Norfolk and Western in 1964. Once the home of the famous 700 series Berkshires, today big GEs that have taken on the nickname catfish thunder across the northern Ohio countryside with long intermodal, auto, and manifest trains in tow. “Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District in 2012” is 58 minutes in length and has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Norfolk Southern's Fostoria District in 2012 DVD

“Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District in 2012” shows over 24 hours of action on Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District, west of Fostoria and east of New Haven, Indiana where the Fostoria District joins the former Wabash line from Detroit, in September of 2012. This part of the Fostoria District is nearly straight and very flat as it crosses what was once known as the Black Swamp of northwest Ohio. And it was the heart of the greatly admired Nickel Plate, arguably the financially strongest railroad in the East before its disappearance into the Norfolk and Western in 1964. Once the home of the famous 700 series Berkshires, today big GEs that have taken on the nickname catfish thunder across the northern Ohio countryside with long intermodal, auto, and manifest trains in tow. “Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District in 2012” is 58 minutes in length and has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

Kansas City Southern in the Ozarks

The Kansas City Southern main line through the western edge of the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas south of Neosho, has three, one and a half percent grades against the normally heavier southbounds. Although these climbs are only about five miles in length, unit trains of coal and grain are down on their knees as they approach the summits as we will see on this program. This KCS line through the Ozarks is part of their Kansas City to Shreveport main stem. With most of the southbounds being heavy unit trains this is quite a show. And many of the KCS units are in the new heritage paint scheme that railfans refer to as the Southern Belle or retro-belle scheme. This underdog in the land of giants currently uses distributed power on most of their trains on this line and some have power at three points in the train. This program shows a day and a half of action on KCS’s Heavener Subdivision in the Ozark Mountains between Neosho, Missouri and Decatur, Arkansas in April of 2012. “Kansas City Southern in the Ozarks” is 62 minutes in length and sells for $30.95 and has the option to be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Kansas City Southern in the Ozarks DVD

The Kansas City Southern main line through the western edge of the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas south of Neosho, has three, one and a half percent grades against the normally heavier southbounds. Although these climbs are only about five miles in length, unit trains of coal and grain are down on their knees as they approach the summits as we will see on this program. This KCS line through the Ozarks is part of their Kansas City to Shreveport main stem. With most of the southbounds being heavy unit trains this is quite a show. And many of the KCS units are in the new heritage paint scheme that railfans refer to as the Southern Belle or retro-belle scheme. This underdog in the land of giants currently uses distributed power on most of their trains on this line and some have power at three points in the train. This program shows a day and a half of action on KCS’s Heavener Subdivision in the Ozark Mountains between Neosho, Missouri and Decatur, Arkansas in April of 2012. “Kansas City Southern in the Ozarks” is 62 minutes in length and sells for $30.95 and has the option to be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern's ex-Wabash Detroit Line

“Norfolk Southern’s ex-Wabash Detroit Line” shows over twenty-four hours of action in September of 2012 on Norfolk Southern’s Detroit and Huntington Districts between Britton, Michigan, forty-seven miles southwest of Detroit and Blakeslee, Ohio, fifty-seven miles further west and eight miles west of the one-time division point at Montpelier. This line was once part of the Wabash Railroad Detroit to Kansas City main line and today is a key part of Norfolk Southern’s automotive artery from Detroit to St. Louis and Kansas City. In addition, Canadian Pacific has overhead rights for its trains between Detroit and Chicago on this line. After dropping during the great recession, the train count on this line has recovered to near record levels as the Michigan auto industry has come back and CP has begun running ethanol and crude oil trains on this line enroute to destinations in the Northeast and in eastern Canada. On some days this line sees more CP trains than NS trains. “Norfolk Southern’s ex-Wabash Detroit Line” is 63 minutes in length and has the option to be watched with or without narration. 

Price: $30.95