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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.

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 Transcon in Eastern Arizona Blu-Ray

If you want to see the greatest show in freight railroading in this country, head to the former Santa Fe, now BNSF main line between Chicago and Los Angeles known as the Transcon. The western end of BNSF’s Gallup Subdivision between Gallup and Winslow contains what is arguably the fastest track on the Transcon, at least for freight trains. The hot “Z” and heavy stack trains thunder up and down the Rio Puerco and Little Colorado River valleys that BNSF’s Gallup sub follows between Gallup and Winslow. What was then the second district of the Santa Fe’s Albuquerque Division easily dominated the Trains Magazine’s survey of fastest freight trains in the 1960s and until the survey was discontinued in 1973. The train count has been recovering from the Great Recession and this program shows over twenty-four hours of awesome action during the height of the fall container rush on the western part of BNSF’s Gallup sub between Holbrook and Winslow in eastern Arizona, in October of 2014. This program is 3 hours and 19 minutes in length and is a two disk set. This DVD also has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

The Transcon in Eastern Arizona DVD

If you want to see the greatest show in freight railroading in this country, head to the former Santa Fe, now BNSF main line between Chicago and Los Angeles known as the Transcon. The western end of BNSF’s Gallup Subdivision between Gallup and Winslow contains what is arguably the fastest track on the Transcon, at least for freight trains. The hot “Z” and heavy stack trains thunder up and down the Rio Puerco and Little Colorado River valleys that BNSF’s Gallup sub follows between Gallup and Winslow. What was then the second district of the Santa Fe’s Albuquerque Division easily dominated the Trains Magazine’s survey of fastest freight trains in the 1960s and until the survey was discontinued in 1973. The train count has been recovering from the Great Recession and this program shows over twenty-four hours of awesome action during the height of the fall container rush on the western part of BNSF’s Gallup sub between Holbrook and Winslow in eastern Arizona, in October of 2014. This program is 3 hours and 19 minutes in length and is a two disk set. This DVD also has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

The Transcon in Eastern Arizona

If you want to see the greatest show in freight railroading in this country, head to the former Santa Fe, now BNSF main line between Chicago and Los Angeles known as the Transcon. The western end of BNSF’s Gallup Subdivision between Gallup and Winslow contains what is arguably the fastest track on the Transcon, at least for freight trains. The hot “Z” and heavy stack trains thunder up and down the Rio Puerco and Little Colorado River valleys that BNSF’s Gallup sub follows between Gallup and Winslow. What was then the second district of the Santa Fe’s Albuquerque Division easily dominated the Trains Magazine’s survey of fastest freight trains in the 1960s and until the survey was discontinued in 1973. The train count has been recovering from the Great Recession and this program shows over twenty-four hours of awesome action during the height of the fall container rush on the western part of BNSF’s Gallup sub between Holbrook and Winslow in eastern Arizona, in October of 2014. This program is 3 hours and 19 minutes in length and is a two disk set. This DVD has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

UP Sunset Route in the Sonoran Desert DVD

One of the hottest places on Union Pacific’s Sunset Route, both in the pace of the operations and the ambient temperature, is on their Yuma subdivision between Indio and Niland in the Sonoran desert in Southern California. This high speed line traverses the northern end of the verdant Imperial Valley and the southern end of the Coachella Valley with much of it alongside the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. All of the Yuma sub where we videotaped is below sea level and most of it is table flat. This area is also known as the Salton Sink. Traffic from the Midwest and Texas to southern California has been growing and the Sunset Route has fully recovered from the Great Recession. This line is now the third busiest transcontinental in the country and much of it has been double tracked since UP took over operations from the Southern Pacific eighteen years ago. This program shows over 24 hours of fast paced action on UP’s Yuma Subdivision between Indio and Niland in October of 2014. This DVD is 1 hour and 28 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

UP Sunset Route in the Sonoran Desert

One of the hottest places on Union Pacific’s Sunset Route, both in the pace of the operations and the ambient temperature, is on their Yuma subdivision between Indio and Niland in the Sonoran desert in Southern California. This high speed line traverses the northern end of the verdant Imperial Valley and the southern end of the Coachella Valley with much of it alongside the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. All of the Yuma sub where we videotaped is below sea level and most of it is table flat. This area is also known as the Salton Sink. Traffic from the Midwest and Texas to southern California has been growing and the Sunset Route has fully recovered from the Great Recession. This line is now the third busiest transcontinental in the country and much of it has been double tracked since UP took over operations from the Southern Pacific eighteen years ago. This program shows over 24 hours of fast paced action on UP’s Yuma Subdivision between Indio and Niland in October of 2014. This DVD is 1 hour and 28 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

UP Sunset Route in the Sonoran Desert Blu-Ray

One of the hottest places on Union Pacific’s Sunset Route, both in the pace of the operations and the ambient temperature, is on their Yuma subdivision between Indio and Niland in the Sonoran desert in Southern California. This high speed line traverses the northern end of the verdant Imperial Valley and the southern end of the Coachella Valley with much of it alongside the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. All of the Yuma sub where we videotaped is below sea level and most of it is table flat. This area is also known as the Salton Sink. Traffic from the Midwest and Texas to southern California has been growing and the Sunset Route has fully recovered from the Great Recession. This line is now the third busiest transcontinental in the country and much of it has been double tracked since UP took over operations from the Southern Pacific eighteen years ago. This program shows over 24 hours of fast paced action on UP’s Yuma Subdivision between Indio and Niland in October of 2014. This DVD is 1 hour and 28 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - NS DVD

For over one hundred years four separate railroads competed for passenger and freight traffic between the New York City metropolitan area and Chicago – the New York Central, Pennsylvania, Erie, and Baltimore and Ohio. Collectively these lines were known as the Eastern Trunk Lines or just Trunk Lines for short. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – Norfolk Southern and CSX. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former New York Central and Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, now part of NS’s Chicago Line, in northwest Ohio between the outskirts of Toledo and Oak Harbor, twenty-three miles east of Toledo. At Oak Harbor NS’s Bellevue to Toledo line passes overhead with some trains getting onto or off of the Chicago Line there through a new connection opened right after the Conrail split. This is at a time when trains were having a difficult time getting through Chicago in part because BNSF was in a major meltdown and wasn’t always accepting trains. NS had some congestion around their system at this time, especially further west when trains got close to Chicago. This DVD is a two disk set and is two hours and 33 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - NS Blu-Ray

For over one hundred years four separate railroads competed for passenger and freight traffic between the New York City metropolitan area and Chicago – the New York Central, Pennsylvania, Erie, and Baltimore and Ohio. Collectively these lines were known as the Eastern Trunk Lines or just Trunk Lines for short. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – Norfolk Southern and CSX. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former New York Central and Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, now part of NS’s Chicago Line, in northwest Ohio between the outskirts of Toledo and Oak Harbor, twenty-three miles east of Toledo. At Oak Harbor NS’s Bellevue to Toledo line passes overhead with some trains getting onto or off of the Chicago Line there through a new connection opened right after the Conrail split. This is at a time when trains were having a difficult time getting through Chicago in part because BNSF was in a major meltdown and wasn’t always accepting trains. NS had some congestion around their system at this time, especially further west when trains got close to Chicago. This DVD is a two disk set and is two hours and 33 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - NS

For over one hundred years four separate railroads competed for passenger and freight traffic between the New York City metropolitan area and Chicago – the New York Central, Pennsylvania, Erie, and Baltimore and Ohio. Collectively these lines were known as the Eastern Trunk Lines or just Trunk Lines for short. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – Norfolk Southern and CSX. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former New York Central and Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, now part of NS’s Chicago Line, in northwest Ohio between the outskirts of Toledo and Oak Harbor, twenty-three miles east of Toledo. At Oak Harbor NS’s Bellevue to Toledo line passes overhead with some trains getting onto or off of the Chicago Line there through a new connection opened right after the Conrail split. This is at a time when trains were having a difficult time getting through Chicago in part because BNSF was in a major meltdown and wasn’t always accepting trains. NS had some congestion around their system at this time, especially further west when trains got close to Chicago. This DVD is a two disk set and is two hours and 33 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $40.95

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."