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

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - CSX

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. The term Trunk Lines essentially disappeared shortly after the passage of the Staggers Act in the fall of 1980 that legalized private contracts between railroads and shippers. The rate bureaus set up by the Interstate Commerce Commission including the Trunk Lines Tariff Bureau were no longer needed. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – CSX and Norfolk Southern. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former Baltimore and Ohio, now CSX Chicago Line, mostly in northwest Ohio on their Garrett Subdivision, with a few trains filmed just across the border in Indiana. 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. CSX itself wasn’t doing much better with the Garrett Subdivision both sides of Garrett a parking lot for trains waiting to be re-crewed. CSX put fourteen empty coal hoppers on the ground at Saint Joe, Indiana four days before we began our videotaping and this didn’t help the congestion on the CSX Chicago Line either. With nearly every class I railroad having congestion issues and short on power, the head end of trains on the Garrett Sub during our visit was as colorful as it has ever been with begged and borrowed foreign power on many of the trains. This DVD is a two disk set and is 3 hours and 16 minutes in length. It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - CSX 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. The term Trunk Lines essentially disappeared shortly after the passage of the Staggers Act in the fall of 1980 that legalized private contracts between railroads and shippers. The rate bureaus set up by the Interstate Commerce Commission including the Trunk Lines Tariff Bureau were no longer needed. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – CSX and Norfolk Southern. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former Baltimore and Ohio, now CSX Chicago Line, mostly in northwest Ohio on their Garrett Subdivision, with a few trains filmed just across the border in Indiana. 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. CSX itself wasn’t doing much better with the Garrett Subdivision both sides of Garrett a parking lot for trains waiting to be re-crewed. CSX put fourteen empty coal hoppers on the ground at Saint Joe, Indiana four days before we began our videotaping and this didn’t help the congestion on the CSX Chicago Line either. With nearly every class I railroad having congestion issues and short on power, the head end of trains on the Garrett Sub during our visit was as colorful as it has ever been with begged and borrowed foreign power on many of the trains. This DVD is a two disk set and is 3 hours and 16 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Eastern Trunk Lines in Northwest Ohio - CSX 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. The term Trunk Lines essentially disappeared shortly after the passage of the Staggers Act in the fall of 1980 that legalized private contracts between railroads and shippers. The rate bureaus set up by the Interstate Commerce Commission including the Trunk Lines Tariff Bureau were no longer needed. Today there are only two Eastern Trunk Lines left – CSX and Norfolk Southern. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action in April of 2014 on one of these – the former Baltimore and Ohio, now CSX Chicago Line, mostly in northwest Ohio on their Garrett Subdivision, with a few trains filmed just across the border in Indiana. 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. CSX itself wasn’t doing much better with the Garrett Subdivision both sides of Garrett a parking lot for trains waiting to be re-crewed. CSX put fourteen empty coal hoppers on the ground at Saint Joe, Indiana four days before we began our videotaping and this didn’t help the congestion on the CSX Chicago Line either. With nearly every class I railroad having congestion issues and short on power, the head end of trains on the Garrett Sub during our visit was as colorful as it has ever been with begged and borrowed foreign power on many of the trains. This DVD is a two disk set and is 3 hours and 16 minutes in length. It has the option of being watched with or without narration.

Price: $44.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

BNSF around Savanna, Illinois Blu-Ray

Savanna, Illinois, 138 miles west of Chicago on the Mississippi River, was once one of the busiest railroad towns west of Chicago. Savanna was the first crew change and division point west of Chicago for two class I railroads, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more transcontinental streamliners hammered the diamond crossing of the two railroads in Savanna than in any other small town west of Chicago. It was all too good to last. The Milwaukee Road became Canadian Pacific, then I&M Rail Link, Iowa Chicago and Eastern, and finally DM&E, with the shops, yard, and most of the trains gone. Burlington successor Burlington Northern closed the yard and eliminated their crew change in Savanna. Then traffic began to rise on BNSF. With the explosion in crude oil from the Bakken shale oil field, Savanna again became a busy crew base and forty to fifty BNSF trains a day now run through Savanna. BNSF was averaging around seven crude oil trains a day and the corresponding empties through Savanna during our visit in the fall of 2013. Just south of Savanna the BNSF main divides with trains heading east to Chicago and south to Galesburg. This program shows over twenty-four hours of BNSF action in October of 2013 in and around this railfan hotspot, including trains along the Mississippi River and ones viewed from the Palisades that line the east bank of the river north of Savanna. And with BNSF being power short this fall, just about anything can be seen on the head end of their trains. “BNSF around Savanna, Illinois” is a two DVD set and is two hours and 51 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $42.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

BNSF around Savanna, Illinois

Savanna, Illinois, 138 miles west of Chicago on the Mississippi River, was once one of the busiest railroad towns west of Chicago. Savanna was the first crew change and division point west of Chicago for two class I railroads, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more transcontinental streamliners hammered the diamond crossing of the two railroads in Savanna than in any other small town west of Chicago. It was all too good to last. The Milwaukee Road became Canadian Pacific, then I&M Rail Link, Iowa Chicago and Eastern, and finally DM&E, with the shops, yard, and most of the trains gone. Burlington successor Burlington Northern closed the yard and eliminated their crew change in Savanna. Then traffic began to rise on BNSF. With the explosion in crude oil from the Bakken shale oil field, Savanna again became a busy crew base and forty to fifty BNSF trains a day now run through Savanna. BNSF was averaging around seven crude oil trains a day and the corresponding empties through Savanna during our visit in the fall of 2013. Just south of Savanna the BNSF main divides with trains heading east to Chicago and south to Galesburg. This program shows over twenty-four hours of BNSF action in October of 2013 in and around this railfan hotspot, including trains along the Mississippi River and ones viewed from the Palisades that line the east bank of the river north of Savanna. And with BNSF being power short this fall, just about anything can be seen on the head end of their trains. “BNSF around Savanna, Illinois” is a two DVD set and is two hours and 51 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $42.95

BNSF around Savanna, Illinois DVD

Savanna, Illinois, 138 miles west of Chicago on the Mississippi River, was once one of the busiest railroad towns west of Chicago. Savanna was the first crew change and division point west of Chicago for two class I railroads, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more transcontinental streamliners hammered the diamond crossing of the two railroads in Savanna than in any other small town west of Chicago. It was all too good to last. The Milwaukee Road became Canadian Pacific, then I&M Rail Link, Iowa Chicago and Eastern, and finally DM&E, with the shops, yard, and most of the trains gone. Burlington successor Burlington Northern closed the yard and eliminated their crew change in Savanna. Then traffic began to rise on BNSF. With the explosion in crude oil from the Bakken shale oil field, Savanna again became a busy crew base and forty to fifty BNSF trains a day now run through Savanna. BNSF was averaging around seven crude oil trains a day and the corresponding empties through Savanna during our visit in the fall of 2013. Just south of Savanna the BNSF main divides with trains heading east to Chicago and south to Galesburg. This program shows over twenty-four hours of BNSF action in October of 2013 in and around this railfan hotspot, including trains along the Mississippi River and ones viewed from the Palisades that line the east bank of the river north of Savanna. And with BNSF being power short this fall, just about anything can be seen on the head end of their trains. “BNSF around Savanna, Illinois” is a two DVD set and is two hours and 51 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $42.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CSX in the Berkshires Revisited DVD

. CSX’s line over Washington Hill in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts was the first mountain railroad in the World. While the earlier Baltimore and Ohio used an inclined plane to surmount the one point two percent climb up Parrs Ridge, west of Baltimore in 1831, nine years later the Western Railroad of Massachusetts began laying track through the rugged Berkshires on grades up to one and half percent. At times this line has had its own unique motive power, while today CSX seems to like their ES44ACs with extra ballast referred to as “heavies” on this line. Long known as the Boston and Albany, this line became a full-fledged member of the New York Central system in 1960, and later part of Penn Central and Conrail. Today, CSX continues to put its own stamp on this busy railfan favorite. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Chester and the outskirts of Pittsfield in western Massachusetts on CSX’s line through the Berkshires in July of 2014, thirteen years since our last visit to this scenic and rugged line. “CSX in the Berkshires Revisited” is one hour and 15 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CSX in the Berkshires Revisited Blu-Ray

. CSX’s line over Washington Hill in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts was the first mountain railroad in the World. While the earlier Baltimore and Ohio used an inclined plane to surmount the one point two percent climb up Parrs Ridge, west of Baltimore in 1831, nine years later the Western Railroad of Massachusetts began laying track through the rugged Berkshires on grades up to one and half percent. At times this line has had its own unique motive power, while today CSX seems to like their ES44ACs with extra ballast referred to as “heavies” on this line. Long known as the Boston and Albany, this line became a full-fledged member of the New York Central system in 1960, and later part of Penn Central and Conrail. Today, CSX continues to put its own stamp on this busy railfan favorite. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Chester and the outskirts of Pittsfield in western Massachusetts on CSX’s line through the Berkshires in July of 2014, thirteen years since our last visit to this scenic and rugged line. “CSX in the Berkshires Revisited” is one hour and 15 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CSX in the Berkshires Revisited

. CSX’s line over Washington Hill in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts was the first mountain railroad in the World. While the earlier Baltimore and Ohio used an inclined plane to surmount the one point two percent climb up Parrs Ridge, west of Baltimore in 1831, nine years later the Western Railroad of Massachusetts began laying track through the rugged Berkshires on grades up to one and half percent. At times this line has had its own unique motive power, while today CSX seems to like their ES44ACs with extra ballast referred to as “heavies” on this line. Long known as the Boston and Albany, this line became a full-fledged member of the New York Central system in 1960, and later part of Penn Central and Conrail. Today, CSX continues to put its own stamp on this busy railfan favorite. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action between Chester and the outskirts of Pittsfield in western Massachusetts on CSX’s line through the Berkshires in July of 2014, thirteen years since our last visit to this scenic and rugged line. “CSX in the Berkshires Revisited” is one hour and 15 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $30.95

Norfolk Southern's Port Road DVD

The former Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail, now Norfolk Southern Columbia and Port Deposit Branch, a.k.a. The Port Road, between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Perryville, Maryland on the Northeast Corridor is an engineering marvel as it follows the beautiful yet remote Susquehanna River to its mouth on Chesapeake Bay. Now owned by Norfolk Southern, this line serves as NS’s route to Baltimore, Wilmington, Delaware, and Delaware’s Eastern Shore from the rest of the far flung NS system. In the past two years crude oil trains from North Dakota bound for the PBF Energy Partners refinery in Delaware City, Delaware near Wilmington, have begun invading this line in earnest, raising the train count on the Port Road to levels not seen since the closing of Potomac Yard south of Washington, D. C. For two decades this line was almost entirely a nighttime railroad as Amtrak rarely allowed daytime trains on their congested Northeast Corridor which Conrail and NS trains had to utilize to get to Wilmington, Delaware or Baltimore. Recently Amtrak began allowing two or three trains a day onto the NEC, usually coal or the ever expanding crude oil trains, opening up the Port Road to daytime photography. This program shows a day and a half of continuous operations plus a third day of action on Norfolk Southern’s Port Road Branch between the outskirts of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Perryville in May of 2014. "Norfolk Southern's Port Road is one hour and 23 minutes in length. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $32.95

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  • 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."