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

Union Pacific's Texas Chemical Coast Mains Blu-Ray

Refineries and chemical plants along the Texas Gulf Coast stretching from Orange, Texas on the Louisiana border to Kingsville, just below Corpus Christi produce over two-thirds of the country’s  petrochemical output.  The railroad heart of Texas’s Chemical Coast is the two rail lines that run between Houston and Beaumont, a distance of eighty five miles.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on both of those lines in late April and early May of 2017 – first the former Missouri Pacific line, now UP’s Beaumont Subdivision, and then the former Southern Pacific line, now UP’s Houston sub.  Kansas City Southern trains running between Laredo on the Mexican border and Shreveport, Louisiana or Jackson, Mississippi have overhead rights on these lines as does BNSF, both from conditions in the UP-SP merger in 1996.  UP began directional running on these lines in 1998 as part of their improvements to get out from under their meltdown in Texas which lasted nearly a year.  Train movements on the Beaumont sub are nearly always eastbound including Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.  While movements on UP’s Houston sub are predominately westbound, the directionality is complicated by trains running both ways from Englewood and Settgast Yards to Dayton where UP’s busy Baytown branch begins and where BNSF has their key yard for sorting manifest traffic in the Houston area.  In contrast to the Beaumont sub, the Houston sub has many customers requiring service from locals. This video is a two disk set and its length is 2 hours, 39 mintes.  This program can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Union Pacific's Texas Chemical Coast Mains DVD

Refineries and chemical plants along the Texas Gulf Coast stretching from Orange, Texas on the Louisiana border to Kingsville, just below Corpus Christi produce over two-thirds of the country’s  petrochemical output.  The railroad heart of Texas’s Chemical Coast is the two rail lines that run between Houston and Beaumont, a distance of eighty five miles.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on both of those lines in late April and early May of 2017 – first the former Missouri Pacific line, now UP’s Beaumont Subdivision, and then the former Southern Pacific line, now UP’s Houston sub.  Kansas City Southern trains running between Laredo on the Mexican border and Shreveport, Louisiana or Jackson, Mississippi have overhead rights on these lines as does BNSF, both from conditions in the UP-SP merger in 1996.  UP began directional running on these lines in 1998 as part of their improvements to get out from under their meltdown in Texas which lasted nearly a year.  Train movements on the Beaumont sub are nearly always eastbound including Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.  While movements on UP’s Houston sub are predominately westbound, the directionality is complicated by trains running both ways from Englewood and Settgast Yards to Dayton where UP’s busy Baytown branch begins and where BNSF has their key yard for sorting manifest traffic in the Houston area.  In contrast to the Beaumont sub, the Houston sub has many customers requiring service from locals. This video is a two disk set and its length is 2 hours, 39 mintes.  This program can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CSX's S&NA North Subdivision Blu-Ray

This video shows over twenty-four hours of action on the former Louisville and Nashville, now CSX, S&NA North Subdivision which runs from Nashville, Tennessee to Birmingham Alabama, a distance of two hundred and five miles.  This is part of CSX’s most important north-south traffic lane between Chicago and Florida which they have nicknamed the Southeast Corridor.  Trains were videotaped south of Nashville in south-central Tennessee, between Cornersville and Dellrose.  This part of southern Tennessee is full of winding valleys and high ridges as the tracks pierce the edge of the Appalachian Plateau and Tennessee’s Southern Highland Rim between the Cumberland River at Nashville and the Tennessee River at Decatur, Alabama.  There is even a fifteen hundred foot long tunnel here although it is inaccessible for videography.  At the time that these trains were videotaped in late April of 2017 CSX was a couple of months into the Hunter Harrison era where dramatic changes in train operations were taking place with many hump classification yards and intermodal terminals being closed and trains combined into 10,000 foot monsters.  As an example, two pair of intermodal trains have been added since our 2011 visit to this line but one pair will be re-routed via Atlanta only a week after our visit.    In spite of the train consolidations, the freight train count on this line is nearly triple of what it was fifty years ago. Length = 61 minutes.  This program can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CSX's S&NA North Subdivision DVD

This video shows over twenty-four hours of action on the former Louisville and Nashville, now CSX, S&NA North Subdivision which runs from Nashville, Tennessee to Birmingham Alabama, a distance of two hundred and five miles.  This is part of CSX’s most important north-south traffic lane between Chicago and Florida which they have nicknamed the Southeast Corridor.  Trains were videotaped south of Nashville in south-central Tennessee, between Cornersville and Dellrose.  This part of southern Tennessee is full of winding valleys and high ridges as the tracks pierce the edge of the Appalachian Plateau and Tennessee’s Southern Highland Rim between the Cumberland River at Nashville and the Tennessee River at Decatur, Alabama.  There is even a fifteen hundred foot long tunnel here although it is inaccessible for videography.  At the time that these trains were videotaped in late April of 2017 CSX was a couple of months into the Hunter Harrison era where dramatic changes in train operations were taking place with many hump classification yards and intermodal terminals being closed and trains combined into 10,000 foot monsters.  As an example, two pair of intermodal trains have been added since our 2011 visit to this line but one pair will be re-routed via Atlanta only a week after our visit.    In spite of the train consolidations, the freight train count on this line is nearly triple of what it was fifty years ago. Length = 61 minutes.  This program can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

The Transcon in Illinois Blu-Ray

If you want to see the greatest show in freight railroading in this country, head to the former Santa Fe, now BNSF, main line between Chicago and Los Angeles known as the Transcon.  The Santa Fe’s extension to Chicago helped to bankrupt the company only five years later, but that extension was a key factor in making the Santa Fe the most admired and one of the financially strongest railroads in this country for the next one hundred and seven years.  West of Galesburg in central Illinois where we videotaped, the line once known as “the Airline” is nearly straight as an arrow as it crosses the Galesburg Plain and heads down an undulating grade into the Mississippi River Valley at Lomax.  Trains then thunder along the Mississippi River for twelve miles to Niota where the great bridge over the Mississippi to Fort Madison is located.  Traffic on the Transcon is five or six times what it was fifty years ago, arguably the greatest increase in traffic on any significant rail lane in the country that doesn’t handle coal from the Powder River Basin.   This video shows over twenty-four hours of action on the Transcon on the one-time Santa Fe Illinois Division between Ormonde, thirteen miles west of Galesburg, and Fort Madison in October of 2016.  And some Union Pacific trains between Chicago and the Southwest or Southern California use this line also, a condition of the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe merger.  Two disk set.  Length = two hours and 40 mnutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

The Transcon in Illinois DVD

If you want to see the greatest show in freight railroading in this country, head to the former Santa Fe, now BNSF, main line between Chicago and Los Angeles known as the Transcon.  The Santa Fe’s extension to Chicago helped to bankrupt the company only five years later, but that extension was a key factor in making the Santa Fe the most admired and one of the financially strongest railroads in this country for the next one hundred and seven years.  West of Galesburg in central Illinois where we videotaped, the line once known as “the Airline” is nearly straight as an arrow as it crosses the Galesburg Plain and heads down an undulating grade into the Mississippi River Valley at Lomax.  Trains then thunder along the Mississippi River for twelve miles to Niota where the great bridge over the Mississippi to Fort Madison is located.  Traffic on the Transcon is five or six times what it was fifty years ago, arguably the greatest increase in traffic on any significant rail lane in the country that doesn’t handle coal from the Powder River Basin.   This video shows over twenty-four hours of action on the Transcon on the one-time Santa Fe Illinois Division between Ormonde, thirteen miles west of Galesburg, and Fort Madison in October of 2016.  And some Union Pacific trains between Chicago and the Southwest or Southern California use this line also, a condition of the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe merger.  Two disk set.  Length = two hours and 40 mnutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

BNSF Twin Cities to Fargo Mains Blu-Ray

This program takes a look at the two BNSF main lines between the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the adjacent cities of Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo is referred to as the Gateway to the Northern Plains and is the largest City in North Dakota.  The predecessors of these two lines are the first railroad in Minnesota, the St. Paul and Pacific, nee St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba, later Great Northern Railway, and the Northern Pacific Railway, the first northern transcontinental railroad and third overall transcontinental.  First, we will show trains on BNSF’s former Northern Pacific Staples Subdivision around New York Mills and Perham, Minnesota.  Perham in sixty-five miles east of Dilworth, BNSF’s main terminal for the Fargo-Moorhead area, and one hundred seventy-five miles west of Northtown, BNSF’s primary classification yard in the Twin Cities.  Then we will cover the trains on the former Great Northern Twin Cities to Fargo main between the outskirts of Breckenridge, Minnesota and Benson.  Breckenridge is forty-eight miles railroad east of Fargo and two hundred and fifteen miles from St. Paul.  These two lines handle all of BNSF’s Northern Transcon traffic between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest and are part of BNSF’s northern coal corridor and are the eastern outlet for crude oil from the Bakken Shale oil field in North Dakota.   In spite of the downturn in coal and crude oil, these lines are still quite busy and the fall grain rush was also on when we visited BNSF in Minnesota.  BNSF has recovered from its Bakken crude oil induced meltdown on their Northern Transcon in 2013 and 2014 after billions were spent on added capacity and new power.  This DVD shows over 24 hours of traffic on both of BNSF’s main lines between the Twin Cities and Fargo in September of 2016.  Two DVD set.  Two hours and ten minutes in length.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $36.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

BNSF Twin Cities to Fargo Mains DVD

This program takes a look at the two BNSF main lines between the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the adjacent cities of Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo is referred to as the Gateway to the Northern Plains and is the largest City in North Dakota.  The predecessors of these two lines are the first railroad in Minnesota, the St. Paul and Pacific, nee St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba, later Great Northern Railway, and the Northern Pacific Railway, the first northern transcontinental railroad and third overall transcontinental.  First, we will show trains on BNSF’s former Northern Pacific Staples Subdivision around New York Mills and Perham, Minnesota.  Perham in sixty-five miles east of Dilworth, BNSF’s main terminal for the Fargo-Moorhead area, and one hundred seventy-five miles west of Northtown, BNSF’s primary classification yard in the Twin Cities.  Then we will cover the trains on the former Great Northern Twin Cities to Fargo main between the outskirts of Breckenridge, Minnesota and Benson.  Breckenridge is forty-eight miles railroad east of Fargo and two hundred and fifteen miles from St. Paul.  These two lines handle all of BNSF’s Northern Transcon traffic between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest and are part of BNSF’s northern coal corridor and are the eastern outlet for crude oil from the Bakken Shale oil field in North Dakota.   In spite of the downturn in coal and crude oil, these lines are still quite busy and the fall grain rush was also on when we visited BNSF in Minnesota.  BNSF has recovered from its Bakken crude oil induced meltdown on their Northern Transcon in 2013 and 2014 after billions were spent on added capacity and new power.  This DVD shows over 24 hours of traffic on both of BNSF’s main lines between the Twin Cities and Fargo in September of 2016.  Two DVD set.  Two hours and ten minutes in length.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $36.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

The Alaska Railroad Blu-Ray

Alaska - the Last Frontier, land of glaciers, incredible vistas, the mountain known as “The Great One” - Denali, and incomparable wildlife – whatever superlative one applies to our largest and forty-ninth state, it can also be applied to the Alaska Railroad, arguably the most unique railroad in the United States.  The Alaska Railroad bills itself as “the last full-service railroad in North America”.  Twenty-seven percent of its revenues are from passengers.  No other freight common carrier that is not a commuter railroad in the lower forty-eight even comes close to that.  Its passenger car fleet, much of which is glass-topped and traditional domes and is supplemented by tour operators and cruise lines’ cars in three different color schemes, is easily the most eclectic in the country.  And its freight operations are unique also – with its captive rail cars and only connections to the outside railroad world being weekly barges from Seattle and twice monthly from Prince Rupert.  Yet the railroad is impeccably modern with welded rail, diesels with AC traction motors, distributed power, and majestic bi-level passenger cars all dressed up in a beautiful blue and gold.  Alaska has always been a land of booms and busts.  Tourism is the latest boom and the now state owned Alaska Railroad has taken full advantage of that.  This program shows the trains and traffic including all scheduled passenger and freight trains on the Alaska Railroad between the ports of Seward and Whittier and Fairbanks with many trains set in the grandeur of the Bold Land that is Alaska filmed in late August and September of 2016.  Length = 79 minutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration. 

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

The Alaska Railroad DVD

Alaska - the Last Frontier, land of glaciers, incredible vistas, the mountain known as “The Great One” - Denali, and incomparable wildlife – whatever superlative one applies to our largest and forty-ninth state, it can also be applied to the Alaska Railroad, arguably the most unique railroad in the United States.  The Alaska Railroad bills itself as “the last full-service railroad in North America”.  Twenty-seven percent of its revenues are from passengers.  No other freight common carrier that is not a commuter railroad in the lower forty-eight even comes close to that.  Its passenger car fleet, much of which is glass-topped and traditional domes and is supplemented by tour operators and cruise lines’ cars in three different color schemes, is easily the most eclectic in the country.  And its freight operations are unique also – with its captive rail cars and only connections to the outside railroad world being weekly barges from Seattle and twice monthly from Prince Rupert.  Yet the railroad is impeccably modern with welded rail, diesels with AC traction motors, distributed power, and majestic bi-level passenger cars all dressed up in a beautiful blue and gold.  Alaska has always been a land of booms and busts.  Tourism is the latest boom and the now state owned Alaska Railroad has taken full advantage of that.  This program shows the trains and traffic including all scheduled passenger and freight trains on the Alaska Railroad between the ports of Seward and Whittier and Fairbanks with many trains set in the grandeur of the Bold Land that is Alaska filmed in late August and September of 2016.  Length = 79 minutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration. 

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • 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 2017

 

New this month are two interesting programs from our Texas trip.  On the way to Texas we videotaped CSX’s busiest north-south corridor – their S&NA North subdivision in the winding valleys of south-central Tennessee.  This gives an early look at the changes wrought by new CSX president Hunter Harrison.  Also just released is our first new Texas program on the two Union Pacific directional running lines between Beaumont and Houston.  KCS and BNSF also run on these lines.  These are our 31st and 32nd programs to be released in both Blu-ray and in regular DVD.   You need to specify what type of DVD you are ordering with programs available in both DVD and Blu-ray.  All of our DVD’s have chapters and menus and the 137 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.  304 programs are available in DVD (32 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.  We are also on the internet at www.trainvideos.com.

 

Welcome to Big "E" Productions at trainvideos.com. All of our programs are now available in DVD format (32 in Blu-ray).  VHS is no longer available.  

 

 304 programs in DVD (32 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."