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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 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

Attributes

  • 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

Attributes

  • 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

Attributes

  • 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

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio Blu-Ray

Railroad Town U. S. A.

Price: $50.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio DVD

Railroad Town U. S. A.

Price: $50.95

Attributes

  • 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.  Th

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CSX Nashville to Louisville and Evansville Mains DVD

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.  Th

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CN's former Illinois Central Chicago Subdivision Blu-Ray

This video shows over twenty-four hours of action in October of 2018 on the Canadian National’s historic, former Illinois Central main line south of Chicago – the first railroad to utilize land grants as a means of enabling construction and, for a brief time, the longest railroad in the world at the time of its completion in 1856.  CN’s Chicago subdivision, which stretches from the junction with their line to Iowa at Sixteenth Street in Chicago to Leverette Junction, just north of Champaign, was Hunter Harrison’s proving ground for his precision scheduled railroading practices in the early 1990s and today hosts many long CN freights, Amtrak’s mini-corridor to Carbondale and the City of New Orleans.  65 minutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CN's former Illinois Central Chicago Subdivision DVD

This video shows over twenty-four hours of action in October of 2018 on the Canadian National’s historic, former Illinois Central main line south of Chicago – the first railroad to utilize land grants as a means of enabling construction and, for a brief time, the longest railroad in the world at the time of its completion in 1856.  CN’s Chicago subdivision, which stretches from the junction with their line to Iowa at Sixteenth Street in Chicago to Leverette Junction, just north of Champaign, was Hunter Harrison’s proving ground for his precision scheduled railroading practices in the early 1990s and today hosts many long CN freights, Amtrak’s mini-corridor to Carbondale and the City of New Orleans.  65 minutes.  This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

With all of the travel restrictions in place we hope that all of you are safe at home as this is being written in late March of 2020.  We are doing fine here so far and intend to continue working out of our home.  No other train video producer shows and explains railroading like we do and our catalogue includes programs on fallen flags ATSF, SP, BN, CNW,  IC, Wisconsin Central, and Conrail.  Our latest programs show the effects of precision scheduled railroading on the CSX and NS main lines to Indianapolis and Decatur, Illinois respectively.  And the effect of PSR is considerable – many fewer but longer trains with much use of distributed power.  The new programs this month are “CSX Indianapolis Line Subdivision, a.k.a the Bee Line” and “Norfolk Southern’s former Wabash Lafayette District”These are our 46th and 47th 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 nearly half – everything videotaped from 2004 on plus 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.  319 programs are available in DVD (47 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, BN, SP, CNW. IC, Wisconsin Central, and Conrail.  Our shipping and handling charge on orders remains $5.00 with no charge on orders over $100.  We offer year-round 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 (47 in Blu-ray).  VHS is no longer available.  

 

319 programs in DVD (47 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."