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

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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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

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

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.