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

UP's Historic Council Bluffs to Gibbon Main Blu-Ray

The Union Pacific main line up the Platte River Valley west of Council Bluffs to the junction with the line from Kansas City at Gibbon is one of the most historic and best known rail lines in this country – the first track to be laid by the first transcontinental railroad.  This line is still one of the most important and busier rail lines in the U.S. for freight traffic in spite of the recent recession and downturn in coal that has battered U. S. railroads the past decade.  The track structure that we will see today is dramatically different from that spindly single track laid on a dirt roadbed in 1866.  Today’s trains are even longer and heavier than those seen during our last visit to this historic line in 2010.  Once best known as the Overland Route, this line today is part of UP’s heavily trafficked Central Corridor.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on UP’s Columbus and Kearney Subdivisions on both sides of Grand Island in April of 2016.  UP's Historic Council Bluffs to Gibbon Main is two hours and thirty minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration. 

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

UP's Historic Council Bluffs to Gibbon Main DVD

The Union Pacific main line up the Platte River Valley west of Council Bluffs to the junction with the line from Kansas City at Gibbon is one of the most historic and best known rail lines in this country – the first track to be laid by the first transcontinental railroad.  This line is still one of the most important and busier rail lines in the U.S. for freight traffic in spite of the recent recession and downturn in coal that has battered U. S. railroads the past decade.  The track structure that we will see today is dramatically different from that spindly single track laid on a dirt roadbed in 1866.  Today’s trains are even longer and heavier than those seen during our last visit to this historic line in 2010.  Once best known as the Overland Route, this line today is part of UP’s heavily trafficked Central Corridor.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on UP’s Columbus and Kearney Subdivisions on both sides of Grand Island in April of 2016.  UP's Historic Council Bluffs to Gibbon Main is two hours and thirty minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration. 

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Union Pacific's Marysville Subdivision Blu-Ray

Old timers would not recognize the way that the Union Pacific Marysville subdivision looks today.  This line stretches from Topeka, sixty-eight miles west of Kansas City, to Gibbon, Nebraska where the triple track main to North Platte begins.  UP’s Kansas City main today is two main tracks on wide centers with centralized traffic control as compared to the single track CTC line with 110 car sidings as late as the early 1970s.  With little straight track until its gets close to Gibbon, most of this line is quite different from UP’s Omaha main with its long tangents up the North Platte Valley.  The St. Joseph and Grand Island which UP had a difficult time maintaining control of due in part to the restrictions in their charter against building branch lines, is a busy main line today with at least half of the trains being coal trains to and from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.  During the previous decade almost as many trains would head southeast at Gibbon onto the Marysville sub towards Kansas City than proceeded straight on the main line to Omaha.  But these are not normal times and the coal traffic is way off with the low price of natural gas and bloated utility stockpiles due to a warm winter.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of fast paced action on UP’s still busy Marysville Subdivision both sides of Fairbury, Nebraska in April of 2016. Union Pacific's Marysville Subdivision is 77 minutes in length and it can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Union Pacific's Marysville Subdivision DVD

Old timers would not recognize the way that the Union Pacific Marysville subdivision looks today.  This line stretches from Topeka, sixty-eight miles west of Kansas City, to Gibbon, Nebraska where the triple track main to North Platte begins.  UP’s Kansas City main today is two main tracks on wide centers with centralized traffic control as compared to the single track CTC line with 110 car sidings as late as the early 1970s.  With little straight track until its gets close to Gibbon, most of this line is quite different from UP’s Omaha main with its long tangents up the North Platte Valley.  The St. Joseph and Grand Island which UP had a difficult time maintaining control of due in part to the restrictions in their charter against building branch lines, is a busy main line today with at least half of the trains being coal trains to and from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.  During the previous decade almost as many trains would head southeast at Gibbon onto the Marysville sub towards Kansas City than proceeded straight on the main line to Omaha.  But these are not normal times and the coal traffic is way off with the low price of natural gas and bloated utility stockpiles due to a warm winter.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of fast paced action on UP’s still busy Marysville Subdivision both sides of Fairbury, Nebraska in April of 2016. Union Pacific's Marysville Subdivision is 77 minutes in length and it can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CN and CP Montreal to Toronto Mains Blu-Ray

Welcome to the land of big trains.  This program shows at least twenty-four hours of action on the two busiest rail lines for freight and via Rail passenger trains in eastern Canada - the Canadian National and Via Corridor between Montreal and Toronto and Canadian Pacific’s Belleville Subdivision, part of their Montreal to Toronto main line in October of 2015.  The Canadian National line, known in Canada simply as the Corridor currently hosts twenty-six Via passenger trains on weekdays along with at sixteen CN freight trains.  And these are not just any freight trains.  CN runs some of the longest and heaviest mixed carload and intermodal trains on the planet on this high-speed and superbly engineered 334-mile line between Montreal and Toronto originally opened by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856.  Canadian Pacific’s main line between Montreal and Toronto is one of their busiest lines for freight traffic in eastern Canada and it showcases the changes made by its new president, Hunter Harrison who used to lead CN.  Ethanol and crude oil have recently added to the tonnage on these lines.  This program first shows over twenty-eight hours of action on CP in the middle of their Belleville subdivision around Trenton, Ontario and then over twenty-four hours of action on the CN and Via Corridor around Gananoque, Ontario, about eighty miles east of where CP was videotaped.   This DVD is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CN and CP Montreal to Toronto Mains DVD

Welcome to the land of big trains.  This program shows at least twenty-four hours of action on the two busiest rail lines for freight and via Rail passenger trains in eastern Canada - the Canadian National and Via Corridor between Montreal and Toronto and Canadian Pacific’s Belleville Subdivision, part of their Montreal to Toronto main line in October of 2015.  The Canadian National line, known in Canada simply as the Corridor currently hosts twenty-six Via passenger trains on weekdays along with at sixteen CN freight trains.  And these are not just any freight trains.  CN runs some of the longest and heaviest mixed carload and intermodal trains on the planet on this high-speed and superbly engineered 334-mile line between Montreal and Toronto originally opened by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856.  Canadian Pacific’s main line between Montreal and Toronto is one of their busiest lines for freight traffic in eastern Canada and it showcases the changes made by its new president, Hunter Harrison who used to lead CN.  Ethanol and crude oil have recently added to the tonnage on these lines.  This program first shows over twenty-eight hours of action on CP in the middle of their Belleville subdivision around Trenton, Ontario and then over twenty-four hours of action on the CN and Via Corridor around Gananoque, Ontario, about eighty miles east of where CP was videotaped.   This DVD is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.  It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CN around Nakina in Northern Ontario Blu-Ray

Canadian National’s Caramat Subdivision that runs across the Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario is on their transcontinental main line, part of which was built as the National Transcontinental Railway or NTR in 1911 and 1912, and with most of the rest constructed by the Canadian Northern in 1913.  The area around Nakina was then a rocky wilderness with thin soil that was spliced by peat bogs and marshes and inhabited only by Indians, trappers, and prospectors.  Nakina became a crew change and division point in 1924 after the Canadian National completed their first major construction project – a cut-off between Longlac on the former Canadian Northern main line and Nakina.  At that time Nakina could be accessed only by rail.  Today, trains no longer change crews at Nakina and the town is no longer dependent on the railroad or the pulp and paper industry as a large mill was once located near Nakina.  The town does have a small airstrip where outfitters fly hunters and fishermen to lodges and camps in the Great North.  The business on CN’s transcontinental main has grown dramatically in the past few decades as CN has eclipsed their rival Canadian Pacific to the south.  And CN has recently begun running two and a half mile long trains on this superbly engineered line.  Although many intermodal schedules have been slowed from the ‘go-go days” of 2000 when CN introduced their “need for speed” trains on fastest ever schedules between Toronto and the major cities in the West, CN puts on an incredible show with their huge trains, some with the power distributed throughout the train.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on CN’s Caramat subdivision around Nakina, 250 miles northeast of Thunder Bay as the crow flies, in October of 2015.   This DVD is 59 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CN around Nakina in Northern Ontario DVD

Canadian National’s Caramat Subdivision that runs across the Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario is on their transcontinental main line, part of which was built as the National Transcontinental Railway or NTR in 1911 and 1912, and with most of the rest constructed by the Canadian Northern in 1913.  The area around Nakina was then a rocky wilderness with thin soil that was spliced by peat bogs and marshes and inhabited only by Indians, trappers, and prospectors.  Nakina became a crew change and division point in 1924 after the Canadian National completed their first major construction project – a cut-off between Longlac on the former Canadian Northern main line and Nakina.  At that time Nakina could be accessed only by rail.  Today, trains no longer change crews at Nakina and the town is no longer dependent on the railroad or the pulp and paper industry as a large mill was once located near Nakina.  The town does have a small airstrip where outfitters fly hunters and fishermen to lodges and camps in the Great North.  The business on CN’s transcontinental main has grown dramatically in the past few decades as CN has eclipsed their rival Canadian Pacific to the south.  And CN has recently begun running two and a half mile long trains on this superbly engineered line.  Although many intermodal schedules have been slowed from the ‘go-go days” of 2000 when CN introduced their “need for speed” trains on fastest ever schedules between Toronto and the major cities in the West, CN puts on an incredible show with their huge trains, some with the power distributed throughout the train.  This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on CN’s Caramat subdivision around Nakina, 250 miles northeast of Thunder Bay as the crow flies, in October of 2015.   This DVD is 59 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Canadian National's Western Manitoba Mains DVD

This program shows the trains and operations on both of Canadian National’s main lines in western Manitoba – the transcontinental main line through Rivers and around Dauphin on CN’s secondary main line known as their Prairie North Line that diverges from the main line at Portage La Prairie, just west of Winnipeg.  CN is arguably the western hemisphere’s leading railroad with by far the lowest operating ratio of any class I railroad in the U. S. or Canada.  In 2000 CN began lengthening their sidings on their transcontinental main line between Winnipeg and Edmonton and today CN runs some of the longest freight trains on this continent between those two cities on what was once nicknamed the Bee Line across the prairie.  This program shows twenty-four hours of action on CN’s Rivers Subdivision west of Rivers between Arrow River and a point just east of Uno where CN’s main line drops down into the Assiniboine River Valley.  This well-engineered track is traversed by a growing number of containers out of the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and oil from Alberta headed to both the States and to eastern Canada, and the train count has grown on this busy line.  The second part of this program shows several trains on CN’s Prairie North Line both sides of Dauphin.  So come along with us as some of the longest trains on this continent thunder across the Canadian Prairie or growl up the grade out of the Assiniboine River Valley in October of 2015 on CN’s Western Manitoba Mains.  This DVD is a two disk set.  It is 2 hours and forty minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Canadian National's Western Manitoba Mains Blu-Ray

This program shows the trains and operations on both of Canadian National’s main lines in western Manitoba – the transcontinental main line through Rivers and around Dauphin on CN’s secondary main line known as their Prairie North Line that diverges from the main line at Portage La Prairie, just west of Winnipeg.  CN is arguably the western hemisphere’s leading railroad with by far the lowest operating ratio of any class I railroad in the U. S. or Canada.  In 2000 CN began lengthening their sidings on their transcontinental main line between Winnipeg and Edmonton and today CN runs some of the longest freight trains on this continent between those two cities on what was once nicknamed the Bee Line across the prairie.  This program shows twenty-four hours of action on CN’s Rivers Subdivision west of Rivers between Arrow River and a point just east of Uno where CN’s main line drops down into the Assiniboine River Valley.  This well-engineered track is traversed by a growing number of containers out of the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and oil from Alberta headed to both the States and to eastern Canada, and the train count has grown on this busy line.  The second part of this program shows several trains on CN’s Prairie North Line both sides of Dauphin.  So come along with us as some of the longest trains on this continent thunder across the Canadian Prairie or growl up the grade out of the Assiniboine River Valley in October of 2015 on CN’s Western Manitoba Mains.  This DVD is a two disk set.  It is 2 hours and forty minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

The producer, Dick Eisfeller, and his better half, his wife Barbara at the Big Train Show in West Springfield, MA in January of 2017

 

 

Our Big Summer Sale is now on – Buy 3, get 1 free.  Ends 8/31/17.

The big news this month is that our summer sale is on.  Buy 3 DVD’s and get 1 free.  Two or three DVD sets count as one.  There is no restriction on the cost of the free DVD, so this can be quite a deal.  The most expensive DVD is free!  Order as many times or as many programs as you would like.  This 4 for 3 sale ends 8/31/17.  Other discount offers cannot be used with this sale.  This is your best opportunity to replace your favorite VHS tapes with DVD’s or buy early Christmas presents!  We now have 302 programs available in DVD.  This is the only newsletter that will announce this sale!

 

New this month are two exciting BNSF programs.  We finally videotaped the BNSF lines between the Twin Cities and Fargo, North Dakota. These are the former Great Northern and Northern Pacific main lines that were the producer’s favorites in the late sixties before the formation of Burlington Northern.  We also did another program on the awesome Transcon in central Illinois 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 135 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.  302 programs are available in DVD (30 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 (30 in Blu-ray).  VHS is no longer available.  

 

 302 programs in DVD (30 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."