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

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

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

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

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

CSX and NS at Hamilton, Ohio

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

CSX and NS at Hamilton, Ohio Blu-Ray

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

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

Canadian Pacific's C&M Subdivision DVD

The former Milwaukee Road, now Canadian Pacific, line between Chicago and Milwaukee, now called the C&M Subdivision, was the fastest track on the Milwaukee Road, and arguably, the fastest track between urban centers in this country until the advent of the Metroliners in the Northeast. C&M, of course, stands for Chicago and Milwaukee. In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Milwaukee’s Hiawathas used to regularly exceed the one hundred mile an hour limit that extended right into the city limits of Chicago and Milwaukee. Today the top speed is seventy nine, and Amtrak runs eight trains each way between Chicago and Milwaukee on weekdays, including the famed Empire Builder. Until the recent cutbacks in train frequency by CP’s new president, Hunter Harrison, the freight train count between these two great cities was as high as it had been since World War II, and with all the unit trains run today, the tonnage is still at or near a record level. Canadian Pacific’s profit is also at a record level since the changes instituted by Harrison. Although no trains exceeded 10,000 feet in length during our visit, a couple came close and there were many long and very heavy trains during our time along the C&M. This program shows all the trains for over twenty-four hours on CP’s C&M Subdivision just north of the Wisconsin border between Somers and Oakwood in October of 2013. “Canadian Pacific’s C&M Subdivision” is 65 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration..

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: DVD

Canadian Pacific's C&M Subdivision

The former Milwaukee Road, now Canadian Pacific, line between Chicago and Milwaukee, now called the C&M Subdivision, was the fastest track on the Milwaukee Road, and arguably, the fastest track between urban centers in this country until the advent of the Metroliners in the Northeast. C&M, of course, stands for Chicago and Milwaukee. In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Milwaukee’s Hiawathas used to regularly exceed the one hundred mile an hour limit that extended right into the city limits of Chicago and Milwaukee. Today the top speed is seventy nine, and Amtrak runs eight trains each way between Chicago and Milwaukee on weekdays, including the famed Empire Builder. Until the recent cutbacks in train frequency by CP’s new president, Hunter Harrison, the freight train count between these two great cities was as high as it had been since World War II, and with all the unit trains run today, the tonnage is still at or near a record level. Canadian Pacific’s profit is also at a record level since the changes instituted by Harrison. Although no trains exceeded 10,000 feet in length during our visit, a couple came close and there were many long and very heavy trains during our time along the C&M. This program shows all the trains for over twenty-four hours on CP’s C&M Subdivision just north of the Wisconsin border between Somers and Oakwood in October of 2013. “Canadian Pacific’s C&M Subdivision” is 65 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration..

Price: $30.95

Canadian Pacific's C&M Subdivision Blu-Ray

The former Milwaukee Road, now Canadian Pacific, line between Chicago and Milwaukee, now called the C&M Subdivision, was the fastest track on the Milwaukee Road, and arguably, the fastest track between urban centers in this country until the advent of the Metroliners in the Northeast. C&M, of course, stands for Chicago and Milwaukee. In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Milwaukee’s Hiawathas used to regularly exceed the one hundred mile an hour limit that extended right into the city limits of Chicago and Milwaukee. Today the top speed is seventy nine, and Amtrak runs eight trains each way between Chicago and Milwaukee on weekdays, including the famed Empire Builder. Until the recent cutbacks in train frequency by CP’s new president, Hunter Harrison, the freight train count between these two great cities was as high as it had been since World War II, and with all the unit trains run today, the tonnage is still at or near a record level. Canadian Pacific’s profit is also at a record level since the changes instituted by Harrison. Although no trains exceeded 10,000 feet in length during our visit, a couple came close and there were many long and very heavy trains during our time along the C&M. This program shows all the trains for over twenty-four hours on CP’s C&M Subdivision just north of the Wisconsin border between Somers and Oakwood in October of 2013. “Canadian Pacific’s C&M Subdivision” is 65 minutes in length and can be watched with or without narration..

Price: $30.95

Attributes

  • Video Format: Blu-Ray

CN, NS, BNSF & Amtrak at Centralia, IL

Small town railroad crossings that haven’t lost their trains or tracks to the mega-merger movement often have a unique and enduring character. Centralia in south central Illinois, fifty-five miles east of St. Louis, is one of those places and has long been a favorite place to watch trains by nearby fans. The names of the railroads may have changed but the trains of four railroads including Amtrak run side by side through the center of town just as they have for decades. The former Illinois Central, Chicago to New Orleans main line, now operated by Canadian National, the former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy or Burlington, now BNSF route to the coal fields of southern Illinois and Paducah, Kentucky, and the former Southern Railway line to St. Louis, now Norfolk Southern, parallel each other through the center of this town of 13,000. And the trains of Amtrak’s Chicago to Carbondale mini-corridor stop here also. “CN, NS, BNSF, and Amtrak at Centralia, IL” shows all the trains for twenty-four hours through Centralia, Illinois in May of 2013. This program is one hour and fifty-seven minutes in length and is a two disk set. It can be watched with or without narration. Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions sell for $34.95 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.

Price: $34.95

The producer, Dick Eisfeller, and his better half, his wife Barbara at the Big Train Show in West Springfield, MA in January of 2017

 

New this month are two interesting programs from our Texas trip.  On the way to Texas we videotaped CSX’s busiest north-south corridor – their S&NA North subdivision in the winding valleys of south-central Tennessee.  This gives an early look at the changes wrought by new CSX president Hunter Harrison.  Also just released is our first new Texas program on the two Union Pacific directional running lines between Beaumont and Houston.  KCS and BNSF also run on these lines.  These are our 31st and 32nd programs to be released in both Blu-ray and in regular DVD.   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 137 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.  304 programs are available in DVD (32 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 (32 in Blu-ray).  VHS is no longer available.  

 

 304 programs in DVD (32 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."