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

The Trains of Marias Pass 2010

The former Great Northern, now BNSF, line over Marias Pass is the northernmost and lowest crossing of the Rocky Mountains in the continental United States. Much of this spectacular line along the middle fork of the Flathead River and Bear Creek is alongside the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. And BNSF’s line over Marias Pass hums with activity as this is their main line between Chicago and Seattle and Portland. Amtrak’s Empire Builder makes an appearance also. Marias Pass has pushers, both manned and radio controlled, steep grades, snow sheds, high bridges, and tunnels, all nestled in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Glacier National Park. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Conkelley, where the two main tracks out of Whitefish become single track, and Browning, twenty-six miles east of the summit of Marias Pass where the plains abruptly meet the mountains, in September of 2010. “The Trains of Marias Pass 2010” is 2 hours and 6 minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $36.95

The Trains of Marias Pass 2010 DVD

The former Great Northern, now BNSF, line over Marias Pass is the northernmost and lowest crossing of the Rocky Mountains in the continental United States. Much of this spectacular line along the middle fork of the Flathead River and Bear Creek is alongside the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. And BNSF’s line over Marias Pass hums with activity as this is their main line between Chicago and Seattle and Portland. Amtrak’s Empire Builder makes an appearance also. Marias Pass has pushers, both manned and radio controlled, steep grades, snow sheds, high bridges, and tunnels, all nestled in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Glacier National Park. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Conkelley, where the two main tracks out of Whitefish become single track, and Browning, twenty-six miles east of the summit of Marias Pass where the plains abruptly meet the mountains, in September of 2010. “The Trains of Marias Pass 2010” is 2 hours and 6 minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $36.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CP & CN Calgary to Edmonton Mains

Politics and the lure of building a main line through the lowest and easiest passage in the Canadian Rockies dictated that Canadian Pacific would build through Calgary and the transcontinental main lines for both predecessors of Canadian National would go through Edmonton nearly thirty years later. Edmonton, the capital of the Province of Alberta when it became a province in 1905, and Calgary, who already hosted Canada’s first transcontinental railroad, grew rapidly in the early 1900s and quickly became the largest cities and centers of commerce in Alberta, titles that they retain today. All three Canadian Transcons quickly built lines into the other city that their transcontinental main did not go through. The current operations of the CP and CN lines between Calgary and Edmonton could hardly be more different. This program shows the trains and operations of Canada’s two main railroads on their fascinating secondary main lines between Calgary and Edmonton in September of 2010. “CP & CN Calgary to Edmonton Mains” is 1 hour and 37 minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $34.95

CP & CN Calgary to Edmonton Mains DVD

Politics and the lure of building a main line through the lowest and easiest passage in the Canadian Rockies dictated that Canadian Pacific would build through Calgary and the transcontinental main lines for both predecessors of Canadian National would go through Edmonton nearly thirty years later. Edmonton, the capital of the Province of Alberta when it became a province in 1905, and Calgary, who already hosted Canada’s first transcontinental railroad, grew rapidly in the early 1900s and quickly became the largest cities and centers of commerce in Alberta, titles that they retain today. All three Canadian Transcons quickly built lines into the other city that their transcontinental main did not go through. The current operations of the CP and CN lines between Calgary and Edmonton could hardly be more different. This program shows the trains and operations of Canada’s two main railroads on their fascinating secondary main lines between Calgary and Edmonton in September of 2010. “CP & CN Calgary to Edmonton Mains” is 1 hour and 37 minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

The Trains of Kicking Horse Pass 2010

Some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on this continent is in Canada’s Banff and Yoho National Parks astride the Great Divide in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta. And Canadian Pacific’s transcontinental main line across Canada happens to run right through the middle of these parks alongside the Bow and Kicking Horse Rivers. The west slope of Kicking Horse Pass is the location of the famous spiral tunnels and the east slope follows the beautiful Bow River and its tributaries. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Morant’s Curve along the Bow River east of Lake Louise and Field, British Columbia at the base of Field Hill in September of 2010. And, through the use of distributed power units placed at multiple places in the train, Canadian Pacific is running some of the longest trains on this continent over Kicking Horse Pass. “The Trains of Kicking Horse Pass 2010” is one hour and forty-four minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

The Trains of Kicking Horse Pass 2010 DVD

Some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on this continent is in Canada’s Banff and Yoho National Parks astride the Great Divide in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta. And Canadian Pacific’s transcontinental main line across Canada happens to run right through the middle of these parks alongside the Bow and Kicking Horse Rivers. The west slope of Kicking Horse Pass is the location of the famous spiral tunnels and the east slope follows the beautiful Bow River and its tributaries. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Morant’s Curve along the Bow River east of Lake Louise and Field, British Columbia at the base of Field Hill in September of 2010. And, through the use of distributed power units placed at multiple places in the train, Canadian Pacific is running some of the longest trains on this continent over Kicking Horse Pass. “The Trains of Kicking Horse Pass 2010” is one hour and forty-four minutes in length.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CN's Yellowhead - Easiest Pass through the Rockies

At 3718 feet above sea level, the summit of Yellowhead Pass on Canadian National’s transcontinental main line west of Jasper, Alberta, is the lowest and easiest pass through the Rocky Mountains traversed by a transcontinental railroad in either the United States or Canada. No other crossing of the Great Divide even comes close. Yet the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies stand guard on both sides of the pass. No wonder all three transcontinental railroads in Canada wanted to build through Yellowhead and two of them did. The ascending grade on both sides of the pass is only four tenths of a percent. The tonnage through Yellowhead has quadrupled in the past forty years and CN runs some of the longest freight trains in North America through Yellowhead Pass. And CN’s line through Yellowhead Pass is located in the beautiful Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park. Via’s Canadian and Skeena pass through Yellowhead as does the seasonal Rocky Mountaineer tourist train. This program shows all the trains for over twenty-four hours on both sides of Yellowhead Pass in September of 2010. “CN's Yellowhead – Easiest Pass through the Rockies” is one hour and fifty-two minutes long.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $34.95

CN's Yellowhead - Easiest Pass through the Rockies DVD

At 3718 feet above sea level, the summit of Yellowhead Pass on Canadian National’s transcontinental main line west of Jasper, Alberta, is the lowest and easiest pass through the Rocky Mountains traversed by a transcontinental railroad in either the United States or Canada. No other crossing of the Great Divide even comes close. Yet the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies stand guard on both sides of the pass. No wonder all three transcontinental railroads in Canada wanted to build through Yellowhead and two of them did. The ascending grade on both sides of the pass is only four tenths of a percent. The tonnage through Yellowhead has quadrupled in the past forty years and CN runs some of the longest freight trains in North America through Yellowhead Pass. And CN’s line through Yellowhead Pass is located in the beautiful Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park. Via’s Canadian and Skeena pass through Yellowhead as does the seasonal Rocky Mountaineer tourist train. This program shows all the trains for over twenty-four hours on both sides of Yellowhead Pass in September of 2010. “CN's Yellowhead – Easiest Pass through the Rockies” is one hour and fifty-two minutes long.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $34.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana

“CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana” shows the trains and operations for over twenty-four hours on CSX’s busy Garrett Subdivision between Milford Junction and Walkerton in northern Indiana in April of 2010. This program shows how this former Baltimore and Ohio line has fared since the Conrail breakup and how traffic has begun to recover from what some are calling the “great recession” that began over two years ago. There have many changes in operations since our last look at this busy line across northern Indiana in 2001 as CSX in the interim has become a much more efficient and profitable railroad. Pooled power abounds on both of these busy lines across northern Indiana. “CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana” is two hours and eleven minutes in length and is a two DVD set.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $36.95

CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana DVD

“CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana” shows the trains and operations for over twenty-four hours on CSX’s busy Garrett Subdivision between Milford Junction and Walkerton in northern Indiana in April of 2010. This program shows how this former Baltimore and Ohio line has fared since the Conrail breakup and how traffic has begun to recover from what some are calling the “great recession” that began over two years ago. There have many changes in operations since our last look at this busy line across northern Indiana in 2001 as CSX in the interim has become a much more efficient and profitable railroad. Pooled power abounds on both of these busy lines across northern Indiana. “CSX Garrett Sub across Northern Indiana” is two hours and eleven minutes in length and is a two DVD set.  This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration. 

Price: $36.95

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  • Video Format: DVD

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Frequency – irregular                                               Issue #176                                                        June, 2022

 

Our Big Summer Sale is now on – Buy 3, get 1 free.  Ends 8/31/22.

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 8/31/22.  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 have 321 programs available in DVD.  This is the only newsletter that will announce this sale!

Again no new programs.  I will have surgery on my shoulder on June 2nd.  This was delayed by several months because I had to get my sugar level down first – I have had type II diabetes since 1998.  This will slow me down for at least 6 months.  Assuming that the recovery goes well and my wife is doing okay – she has Parkinson’s and knees that are bothering her, I still hope to do more videotaping but this is looking less likely.  We hope that all of you are safe and haven’t lost any family member or friends to the virus and don’t have any “long haulers” in the family.  Although most of our “kids”, grandkids, spouses and their significant others have had Covid, some more than once, we have not and no one has ended up in the hospital – yet.  Our next newsletter will likely be around December of 2022.

 

 

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 newest program is “PSR on CSX’s Chicago Line in Northern Indiana”, part of our look at PSR on eastern railroads.  This is our 49th program 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 around 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.  321 programs are available in DVD (49 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.  You can reach us by email at bigeee@trainvideos.com or on our webpage at www.trainvideos.com.

 

Our newest video is “PSR on CSX’s Chicago Line in Northern Indiana”.  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.  And after Hunter Harrison’s arrival at CSX in early 2017 with his precision scheduled railroading or PSR, railroad operations on CSX have undergone the most significant change since the Conrail split.  Trains have grown much longer, distributed power is now common on all of CSX’s main lines, seven of CSX’s twelve hump classification yards have had their humps closed, and the track has been removed in some of these yards.  One can even see three mile long, two hundred and fifty car trains at many places throughout the CSX system.  And, as the viewer will see, the train count is down considerably since before Harrison’s arrival.  This program shows the changes in operations on CSX’s busiest main line - the Chicago Line – on their Garrett Subdivision in northern Indiana in October of 2019.  There have many changes since our last look at this busy line across northern Indiana in 2010.  And Canadian Pacific still runs a pair of Montreal or Toronto to Chicago intermodal trains across northern Indiana on CSX’s Garrett Sub.   “PSR on CSX’s Chicago Line in Northern Indiana is 1 hour and 34 minutes in length.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $34.95 plus $5.00 for S&H.

 

Another recent release is “PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor in Northern Indiana”.  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.  And the changes on this line due to PSR are significant - the biggest operational changes since the breakup of Conrail.  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 the changes 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.  “PSR on NS’s Premier Corridor in Northern Indiana” is a two DVD set and is 3 hours and 15 minutes in length.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $44.95 plus $5.00 for S&H.

 

Other releases that are part of our series on PSR in the East are “CSX Indianapolis Line Subdivision, a.k.a the Bee Line”, “Norfolk Southern’s former Wabash Lafayette District” and “Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio”.  The new CSX video 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, most 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.  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.  “CSX Indianapolis Line Subdivision, a.k.a the Bee Line” is one hour and 21 minutes in length.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $32.95 plus $5.00 for S&H.  Another recent program is “Norfolk Southern’s former Wabash Lafayette District”.  NS 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 24 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 160 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 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.  “Norfolk Southern’s former Wabash Lafayette District” is 1 hour and 27 minutes in length.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $34.95 plus $5.00 for S&H.  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.  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.   “Norfolk Southern at Bellevue, Ohio” is a three disk set and is four hours and 32 minutes in length.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $50.95 plus $5.00 for S&H.

 

Other recent releases that can be watched with and without narration and are available in both Blu-ray and DVD include “CSX Nashville to Louisville and Evansville Mains”, “CN’s former Illinois Central Chicago Subdivision”, “Canadian Pacific’s Shuswap Subdivision”, “CN’s Edmonton to Jasper Main west of Edson, AB”, BNSF & UP Tacoma – Portland Joint Line”, “BNSF in the Columbia River Gorge”, “Union Pacific in the Blue Mountains” and “The Trains of Northern New England 2018”.  “CSX Nashville to Louisville and Evansville Mains” shows 24 hours of action in April of 2019 on CSX’s Nashville to Louisville and then twenty-four hours on their Nashville to Evansville main lines just south of the cities of Portland and Springfield, Tennessee, forty-two and thirty miles north of Nashville respectively.  “CN’s former Illinois Central Chicago Subdivision” shows over 24 hours of action in October of 2018 on the Canadian National’s historic, former Illinois Central main line south of Chicago.  “Canadian Pacific’s Shuswap Subdivision” shows over twenty-four hours of action between Revelstoke and Notch Hill, BC in May of 2018.  This includes the spectacular passage through Eagle Pass just west of Revelstoke and the long climb for heavy westbound unit trains up Notch Hill on the new, low grade line which includes a spectacular horseshoe curve.  “CN’s Edmonton to Jasper Main west of Edson, AB” shows the trains and operations on Canadian National’s transcontinental main line west of Edmonton, Alberta on their Edson Subdivision between Edson and Hinton.  The tonnage on this line has grown more than fifty percent in the last decade.  “BNSF & UP Tacoma – Portland Joint Line” shows over 24 hours of action on the BNSF and UP Tacoma to Portland Joint Line between Napavine and Kelso, WA in May of 2018.  The number of unit coal, grain, and crude oil trains on this line seems to increase each year.  “BNSF in the Columbia River Gorge” shows over 24 hours of BNSF and Amtrak action in the scenic heart of the Columbia River Gorge, both sides of Bingen, WA on BNSF’s Fallbridge Subdivision in May of 2018.  “Union Pacific in the Blue Mountains” shows over 24 hours of ear-splitting action on the two percent grades of UP’s La Grande subdivision in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon in May of 2018.  “The Trains of Northern New England 2018” covers the trains and operations on all of the regional railroads - New England Central, Central Maine and Quebec, the Saint Lawrence and Atlantic, Vermont Rail System and the largest, Pan Am Railways, in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine in the spring of 2018.

 

When we are able to videotape in 2022, the focus will be on changes on the western roads due to PSR.

                                              Dick and Barb Eisfeller