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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 Funnel east of Knoxville DVD

This program shows all the trains for over thirty hours of action in April of 2015 on Norfolk Southern’s Bristol Line immediately east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Where we videotaped is a sort of funnel as trains from two other former Southern Railway routes join together for the run into Knoxville where NS has a large hump classification yard. This historic antebellum line between Knoxville and Bristol was constructed by the East Tennessee and Virginia. It was one of only two east-west rail lines joining the Confederacy together and later was on the main stem of the Tennessee Division of the Southern Railway System. Today this line is in Norfolk Southern’s Central Division and is an integral part of their emerging Crescent Corridor between the Northeast and the Mississippi River gateways of Memphis and New Orleans. This critical section of NS’s Bristol Line east of Knoxville sees a neat mix of manifests, coal, and intermodal trains. This DVD is 49 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $28.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Norfolk Southern's Funnel east of Knoxville

This program shows all the trains for over thirty hours of action in April of 2015 on Norfolk Southern’s Bristol Line immediately east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Where we videotaped is a sort of funnel as trains from two other former Southern Railway routes join together for the run into Knoxville where NS has a large hump classification yard. This historic antebellum line between Knoxville and Bristol was constructed by the East Tennessee and Virginia. It was one of only two east-west rail lines joining the Confederacy together and later was on the main stem of the Tennessee Division of the Southern Railway System. Today this line is in Norfolk Southern’s Central Division and is an integral part of their emerging Crescent Corridor between the Northeast and the Mississippi River gateways of Memphis and New Orleans. This critical section of NS’s Bristol Line east of Knoxville sees a neat mix of manifests, coal, and intermodal trains. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $28.95

CN's ex-EJ&E Leithton Subdivision Blu-Ray

Since its takeover by Canadian National in early 2009, the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway that went around, not through Chicago, has undergone more changes than any rail line in this country. The acquisition of the EJ&E was quite contentions with many tony communities protesting the big increase in the number and length of the trains that would be running through their towns. Traffic on the former EJ&E Western Subdivision north of Joliet has quadrupled from what it was before the takeover. With the completion of the new connections with the former Illinois Central main line at Matteson, this line now hosts most of CN’s traffic from western Canada and Wisconsin for the Chicago gateway and beyond. Both BNSF and Union Pacific have overhead rights for certain trains on this busy section of track. CN, as they prefer to be called, runs trains over two miles in length and up to 22,000 tons in weight on this part of the former EJ&E including many with distributed power. This program shows twenty-four hours of action on the former EJ&E northwest of Joliet around Plainfield, Illinois in April of 2015. This DVD is one hour and 52 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CN's ex-EJ&E Leithton Subdivision DVD

Since its takeover by Canadian National in early 2009, the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway that went around, not through Chicago, has undergone more changes than any rail line in this country. The acquisition of the EJ&E was quite contentions with many tony communities protesting the big increase in the number and length of the trains that would be running through their towns. Traffic on the former EJ&E Western Subdivision north of Joliet has quadrupled from what it was before the takeover. With the completion of the new connections with the former Illinois Central main line at Matteson, this line now hosts most of CN’s traffic from western Canada and Wisconsin for the Chicago gateway and beyond. Both BNSF and Union Pacific have overhead rights for certain trains on this busy section of track. CN, as they prefer to be called, runs trains over two miles in length and up to 22,000 tons in weight on this part of the former EJ&E including many with distributed power. This program shows twenty-four hours of action on the former EJ&E northwest of Joliet around Plainfield, Illinois in April of 2015. This DVD is one hour and 52 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CN's ex-EJ&E Leithton Subdivision

Since its takeover by Canadian National in early 2009, the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway that went around, not through Chicago, has undergone more changes than any rail line in this country. The acquisition of the EJ&E was quite contentions with many tony communities protesting the big increase in the number and length of the trains that would be running through their towns. Traffic on the former EJ&E Western Subdivision north of Joliet has quadrupled from what it was before the takeover. With the completion of the new connections with the former Illinois Central main line at Matteson, this line now hosts most of CN’s traffic from western Canada and Wisconsin for the Chicago gateway and beyond. Both BNSF and Union Pacific have overhead rights for certain trains on this busy section of track. CN, as they prefer to be called, runs trains over two miles in length and up to 22,000 tons in weight on this part of the former EJ&E including many with distributed power. This program shows twenty-four hours of action on the former EJ&E northwest of Joliet around Plainfield, Illinois in April of 2015. This DVD is one hour and 52 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

UP's ex-CNW Frac Sand Main Blu-Ray

This video documents the recent increase in trains on the former Chicago and North Western’s Twin Cities Line, the one-time route of the “400s”. This increase is due to the amazing growth in recent years of hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas in this country. Nearly seventy percent of the sand used for fracking comes out of Wisconsin and UP handles the largest share of that sand. This historic line is now the property of Union Pacific and until recently was really treated as a secondary line by UP. Today the Adams Line sees more freight trains and much more tonnage than any time since the end of steam in the 1950s. Experts argue that this line has been saved twice in the past decade – first by the addition of a Triple Crown RoadRailer, and then by the frac sand boom. UP has been gradually rebuilding this line and today it hosts a mix of sand and other unit trains, manifest trains, and the Triple Crown train. Although the sand business on this line has receded somewhat from its peak in 2014, UP still puts on quite a show with their long trains and distributed power. This program shows parts of three days and one night of action on UP’s Adams and Wyeville Subdivisions often referred to by railfans as the Adams Line between Wyeville and Ashippun, thirty-eight miles west of Milwaukee in April of 2015. This DVD is 76 minutes in length and can be watched with and without narration.

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

UP's ex-CNW Frac Sand Main

This video documents the recent increase in trains on the former Chicago and North Western’s Twin Cities Line, the one-time route of the “400s”. This increase is due to the amazing growth in recent years of hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas in this country. Nearly seventy percent of the sand used for fracking comes out of Wisconsin and UP handles the largest share of that sand. This historic line is now the property of Union Pacific and until recently was really treated as a secondary line by UP. Today the Adams Line sees more freight trains and much more tonnage than any time since the end of steam in the 1950s. Experts argue that this line has been saved twice in the past decade – first by the addition of a Triple Crown RoadRailer, and then by the frac sand boom. UP has been gradually rebuilding this line and today it hosts a mix of sand and other unit trains, manifest trains, and the Triple Crown train. Although the sand business on this line has receded somewhat from its peak in 2014, UP still puts on quite a show with their long trains and distributed power. This program shows parts of three days and one night of action on UP’s Adams and Wyeville Subdivisions often referred to by railfans as the Adams Line between Wyeville and Ashippun, thirty-eight miles west of Milwaukee in April of 2015. This DVD can be watched with and without narration.

Price: $32.95

UP's ex-CNW Frac Sand Main DVD

This video documents the recent increase in trains on the former Chicago and North Western’s Twin Cities Line, the one-time route of the “400s”. This increase is due to the amazing growth in recent years of hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas in this country. Nearly seventy percent of the sand used for fracking comes out of Wisconsin and UP handles the largest share of that sand. This historic line is now the property of Union Pacific and until recently was really treated as a secondary line by UP. Today the Adams Line sees more freight trains and much more tonnage than any time since the end of steam in the 1950s. Experts argue that this line has been saved twice in the past decade – first by the addition of a Triple Crown RoadRailer, and then by the frac sand boom. UP has been gradually rebuilding this line and today it hosts a mix of sand and other unit trains, manifest trains, and the Triple Crown train. Although the sand business on this line has receded somewhat from its peak in 2014, UP still puts on quite a show with their long trains and distributed power. This program shows parts of three days and one night of action on UP’s Adams and Wyeville Subdivisions often referred to by railfans as the Adams Line between Wyeville and Ashippun, thirty-eight miles west of Milwaukee in April of 2015. This DVD is 76 minutes in length and can be watched with and without narration.

Price: $32.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

UP's San Joaquin Valley main DVD

Union Pacific’s line between Fresno and Bakersfield traverses America’s breadbasket - the southern half of California’s great Central Valley known as the San Joaquin Valley for the river that runs through it. This historic, former Southern Pacific line was once in SP’s San Joaquin Division and was part of the first rail line to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. Part of UP’s Fresno Subdivision today, this line was once home to long blocks of Pacific Fruit Express reefers carrying all kinds of produce and SP’s pioneering piggyback trains. Today, UP’s Fresno Sub is populated mostly by lumber drags from Oregon and Washington, grain trains, and stack trains carrying all kinds of merchandise between Portland, the Bay Area, and Southern California. Perishable traffic has even made a small comeback with the two day a week Railex unit trains. With all scheduled freight trains having been taken off of the UP’s Coast Line between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Fresno sub has seen an increase in train count in recent years. This program shows two and a half days of high speed action on UP’s table flat Fresno Subdivision between Fresno and Delano, thirty-three miles north of Bakersfield, in October of 2014. This program is 59 minutes in length and has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

UP's San Joaquin Valley main Blu-Ray

Union Pacific’s line between Fresno and Bakersfield traverses America’s breadbasket - the southern half of California’s great Central Valley known as the San Joaquin Valley for the river that runs through it. This historic, former Southern Pacific line was once in SP’s San Joaquin Division and was part of the first rail line to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. Part of UP’s Fresno Subdivision today, this line was once home to long blocks of Pacific Fruit Express reefers carrying all kinds of produce and SP’s pioneering piggyback trains. Today, UP’s Fresno Sub is populated mostly by lumber drags from Oregon and Washington, grain trains, and stack trains carrying all kinds of merchandise between Portland, the Bay Area, and Southern California. Perishable traffic has even made a small comeback with the two day a week Railex unit trains. With all scheduled freight trains having been taken off of the UP’s Coast Line between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Fresno sub has seen an increase in train count in recent years. This program shows two and a half days of high speed action on UP’s table flat Fresno Subdivision between Fresno and Delano, thirty-three miles north of Bakersfield, in October of 2014. This program is 59 minutes in length and has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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

 

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."