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

Norfolk Southern's Port Road

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

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

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO DVD

For nearly 100 years the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific’s Cotton Belt subsidiary competed for business between the St. Louis gateway and the Southwest, sharing each other’s track between East St. Louis and Dexter, Missouri. Today, Union Pacific owns both lines and traffic has begun growing again after dropping during the great recession, spurred on by unit trains of crude oil headed to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Trains are getting longer and heavier with some having radio controlled distributed power fore and aft. Foreign power abounds as UP and its eastern connections pool power on many trains. In addition BNSF has overhead rights on this line to East St. Louis. This program shows all the trains in October of 2013 for over twenty-four hours on the critical single track portion of UP’s Chester Subdivision south of East St. Louis between Illmo on the Mississippi River and Dexter in southeast Missouri. Dexter is where the lines divide and directional running to Texas begins. The traffic on this line is extremely varied with manifests toting chemicals from the Gulf Coast, trains carrying autos and auto parts for auto distribution centers and assembly plants in Texas and Mexico, the Texas and Mexico intermodal fleet to and from Chicago, and many types of unit trains clogging this single track section as you will see. This is the same stretch of track covered nineteen years ago in our program titled “River Wars I – the Mississippi River”. "Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO" is 2 hours and 24 minutes in length and is a two disk set. It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO Blu-Ray

For nearly 100 years the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific’s Cotton Belt subsidiary competed for business between the St. Louis gateway and the Southwest, sharing each other’s track between East St. Louis and Dexter, Missouri. Today, Union Pacific owns both lines and traffic has begun growing again after dropping during the great recession, spurred on by unit trains of crude oil headed to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Trains are getting longer and heavier with some having radio controlled distributed power fore and aft. Foreign power abounds as UP and its eastern connections pool power on many trains. In addition BNSF has overhead rights on this line to East St. Louis. This program shows all the trains in October of 2013 for over twenty-four hours on the critical single track portion of UP’s Chester Subdivision south of East St. Louis between Illmo on the Mississippi River and Dexter in southeast Missouri. Dexter is where the lines divide and directional running to Texas begins. The traffic on this line is extremely varied with manifests toting chemicals from the Gulf Coast, trains carrying autos and auto parts for auto distribution centers and assembly plants in Texas and Mexico, the Texas and Mexico intermodal fleet to and from Chicago, and many types of unit trains clogging this single track section as you will see. This is the same stretch of track covered nineteen years ago in our program titled “River Wars I – the Mississippi River”. "Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO" is 2 hours and 24 minutes in length and is a two disk set. It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $38.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO

For nearly 100 years the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific’s Cotton Belt subsidiary competed for business between the St. Louis gateway and the Southwest, sharing each other’s track between East St. Louis and Dexter, Missouri. Today, Union Pacific owns both lines and traffic has begun growing again after dropping during the great recession, spurred on by unit trains of crude oil headed to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Trains are getting longer and heavier with some having radio controlled distributed power fore and aft. Foreign power abounds as UP and its eastern connections pool power on many trains. In addition BNSF has overhead rights on this line to East St. Louis. This program shows all the trains in October of 2013 for over twenty-four hours on the critical single track portion of UP’s Chester Subdivision south of East St. Louis between Illmo on the Mississippi River and Dexter in southeast Missouri. Dexter is where the lines divide and directional running to Texas begins. The traffic on this line is extremely varied with manifests toting chemicals from the Gulf Coast, trains carrying autos and auto parts for auto distribution centers and assembly plants in Texas and Mexico, the Texas and Mexico intermodal fleet to and from Chicago, and many types of unit trains clogging this single track section as you will see. This is the same stretch of track covered nineteen years ago in our program titled “River Wars I – the Mississippi River”. "Union Pacific - Illmo to Dexter, MO" is 2 hours and 24 minutes in length and is a two disk set. It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $38.95

UP Illmo to Dexter, MO

For nearly 100 years the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific’s Cotton Belt subsidiary competed for business between the St. Louis gateway and the Southwest, sharing each other’s track between East St. Louis and Dexter, Missouri. Today, Union Pacific owns both lines and traffic has begun growing again after dropping during the great recession, spurred on by unit trains of crude oil headed to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Trains are getting longer and heavier with some having radio controlled distributed power fore and aft. Foreign power abounds as UP and its eastern connections pool power on many trains. In addition BNSF has overhead rights on this line to East St. Louis. This program shows all the trains in October of 2013 for over twenty-four hours on the critical single track portion of UP’s Chester Subdivision south of East St. Louis between Illmo on the Mississippi River and Dexter in southeast Missouri. Dexter is where the lines divide and directional running to Texas begins. The traffic on this line is extremely varied with manifests toting chemicals from the Gulf Coast, trains carrying autos and auto parts for auto distribution centers and assembly plants in Texas and Mexico, the Texas and Mexico intermodal fleet to and from Chicago, and many types of unit trains clogging this single track section as you will see. This is the same stretch of track covered nineteen years ago in our program titled “River Wars I – the Mississippi River”. "UP - Illmo to Dexter, MO" is two hours and 24 minutes in length and is a two disk set. It can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $0.00

BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa Blu-Ray

The historic, former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy line from Chicago to Denver, now BNSF’s Chicago to Denver main line, was the heart and soul of the Burlington Route. Often referred to as “the way of the Zephyrs”, this line in eastern Iowa where this program was videotaped, once hosted the Burlington’s Denver and California Zephyr passenger trains, the famous Fast Mail, the Chicago to Denver hot shot freight trains, and the eastbound meat trains out of Omaha and Lincoln. In spite of the favoritism shown it by Burlington officials, the CB&Q’s Denver line across eastern Iowa was never a major freight route and hosted almost as many passenger trains as freight trains as late as the early 1960s. Today this line still hosts Amtrak’s California Zephyr but low sulfur coal out of the Powder River Basin bound for Midwestern power plants is what has allowed this line to flourish in recent years as it carries more freight tonnage today than ever. And with the congestion in North Dakota and eastern Montana caused by the influx of crude oil trains from the Bakken Shale oil field, some transcontinental trains have been re-routed off of the Hi Line that runs through northern Montana and North Dakota through here. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on the central part of BNSF’s Ottumwa Subdivision west of Burlington in October of 2013. "BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa" is one hour and 41 minutes long. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa

The historic, former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy line from Chicago to Denver, now BNSF’s Chicago to Denver main line, was the heart and soul of the Burlington Route. Often referred to as “the way of the Zephyrs”, this line in eastern Iowa where this program was videotaped, once hosted the Burlington’s Denver and California Zephyr passenger trains, the famous Fast Mail, the Chicago to Denver hot shot freight trains, and the eastbound meat trains out of Omaha and Lincoln. In spite of the favoritism shown it by Burlington officials, the CB&Q’s Denver line across eastern Iowa was never a major freight route and hosted almost as many passenger trains as freight trains as late as the early 1960s. Today this line still hosts Amtrak’s California Zephyr but low sulfur coal out of the Powder River Basin bound for Midwestern power plants is what has allowed this line to flourish in recent years as it carries more freight tonnage today than ever. And with the congestion in North Dakota and eastern Montana caused by the influx of crude oil trains from the Bakken Shale oil field, some transcontinental trains have been re-routed off of the Hi Line that runs through northern Montana and North Dakota through here. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on the central part of BNSF’s Ottumwa Subdivision west of Burlington in October of 2013. "BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa" is one hour and 41 minutes long. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa DVD

The historic, former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy line from Chicago to Denver, now BNSF’s Chicago to Denver main line, was the heart and soul of the Burlington Route. Often referred to as “the way of the Zephyrs”, this line in eastern Iowa where this program was videotaped, once hosted the Burlington’s Denver and California Zephyr passenger trains, the famous Fast Mail, the Chicago to Denver hot shot freight trains, and the eastbound meat trains out of Omaha and Lincoln. In spite of the favoritism shown it by Burlington officials, the CB&Q’s Denver line across eastern Iowa was never a major freight route and hosted almost as many passenger trains as freight trains as late as the early 1960s. Today this line still hosts Amtrak’s California Zephyr but low sulfur coal out of the Powder River Basin bound for Midwestern power plants is what has allowed this line to flourish in recent years as it carries more freight tonnage today than ever. And with the congestion in North Dakota and eastern Montana caused by the influx of crude oil trains from the Bakken Shale oil field, some transcontinental trains have been re-routed off of the Hi Line that runs through northern Montana and North Dakota through here. This program shows over twenty-four hours of action on the central part of BNSF’s Ottumwa Subdivision west of Burlington in October of 2013. "BNSF west of Burlington, Iowa" is one hour and 41 minutes long. This DVD can be watched with or without narration.

Price: $34.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CSX and NS at Hamilton, Ohio DVD

The Cincinnati area has many places where fans gather to watch and photograph trains. One of the best, due to shear number of trains and easy accessibility with public parking on both sides of the tracks, is the one-time heavily industrialized city of Hamilton, Ohio, twenty-five miles north of Cincinnati. The CSX main line between Cincinnati and Toledo and the Norfolk Southern line from Cincinnati to Fort Wayne join together in the center of town and then separate again north of town on the other side of the Great Miami River. NS runs on CSX for two point two miles. Just south of Butler Street in the center of Hamilton, the former Pennsylvania, now Norfolk Southern line to Cincinnati diverges from CSX. North of town NS trains leave CSX at New River junction and head northwest towards New Castle and Fort Wayne. CSX and NS have a modified directional running between Hamilton and Winton Place, north of Cincinnati with most southbounds using NS and northbounds running on CSX. Just south of downtown, CSX’s former Baltimore and Ohio line to Indianapolis known as their Indianapolis Subdivision diverges from the main. With the exception of trains on CSX’s Indianapolis Subdivision, “CSX and NS at Hamilton, Ohio” shows all of the CSX and Norfolk Southern trains through Hamilton for over twenty-four hours in May of 2013. “CSX and NS at Hamilton, Ohio” is three hours and 48 minutes in length and is a three DVD set.

Price: $46.95

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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."