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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.

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 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 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 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

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

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

UP's San Joaquin Valley main

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 DVD is 59 minutes in length and has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

The Cal-P, UP's Martinez Sub Blu-Ray

The Cal-P, short for California Pacific, the nickname for Southern Pacific’s main line from Sacramento to Oakland, was part of the historic Overland Route and once the busiest and most important section of track on the far-flung Southern Pacific system. This line has seen dramatic changes in the past three decades, the least of which was the UP takeover of the SP. Today this is UP’s Martinez Subdivision and their busiest main line into Oakland, but what is more amazing is that thirty-four Amtrak trains use the eastern part of this line where we videotaped and even more west of Martinez. With thirty state supported San Jose or Oakland to Sacramento Capitol Corridor trains during weekdays on this strategic section of track, the Cal-P is as busy today as any time since World War II when freight trains were much more numerous but much shorter and lighter than those of today. This program showcases this amazing passenger rail renaissance by showing over twenty-four hours of action on the flat and straight section of UP’s Martinez Subdivision west of Davis, California in October of 2014. It makes the point, that even in auto-centric California, if you provide frequent and convenient intercity rail passenger service, Americans will use it. "The Cal-P, UP's Martinez Sub" is 58 minutes in length. This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

The Cal-P, UP's Martinez Sub DVD

The Cal-P, short for California Pacific, the nickname for Southern Pacific’s main line from Sacramento to Oakland, was part of the historic Overland Route and once the busiest and most important section of track on the far-flung Southern Pacific system. This line has seen dramatic changes in the past three decades, the least of which was the UP takeover of the SP. Today this is UP’s Martinez Subdivision and their busiest main line into Oakland, but what is more amazing is that thirty-four Amtrak trains use the eastern part of this line where we videotaped and even more west of Martinez. With thirty state supported San Jose or Oakland to Sacramento Capitol Corridor trains during weekdays on this strategic section of track, the Cal-P is as busy today as any time since World War II when freight trains were much more numerous but much shorter and lighter than those of today. This program showcases this amazing passenger rail renaissance by showing over twenty-four hours of action on the flat and straight section of UP’s Martinez Subdivision west of Davis, California in October of 2014. It makes the point, that even in auto-centric California, if you provide frequent and convenient intercity rail passenger service, Americans will use it. "The Cal-P, UP's Martinez Sub" is 58 minutes in length. This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

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

 

 

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."