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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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 newest release is a program that dramatically shows how precision scheduled railroading has changed the operating environment on two north-south lines of CSX.