Big E Productions, LLC Has Closed

It was fun. We did websites, we did graphic art, we did publishing, and we did a lot of research and with it, a lot of historic reproductions. Really, it was fun. But all fun things must end, sadly. The infamous Big E himself has decided to retire from business and devote his time to leisure pursuits. Some of which will require goofing around in the music room inside or getting incredibly dirty outside (much to the shagrin to Mrs. Big E), quite unlike sitting behind computers all day.

Also, please note that some of the railroad preservation historic documentation that was on this site will remain online within this site for as long as this site continues to be hosted, likely to be shut down before October 2023. Some of it will be transferred to other repositories. Already, the large Railroad Paint and Color Reference  for researching historic and current colors has moved to the HeritageRail Alliance website and will continue to be updated as new data becomes available. Other documents and artwork may follow.

So, get 'em while they last. Links are below:

Temporary Links To Rail Preservation Documents

Railroad Paint Cross Reference

Railroad Paint and
Color Reference


Prototype paint and color cross reference. 8-1/2" X 14" PDF format. Updated January 2023. Compiled over many years of research. The original is being maintained on the HeritageRail Alliance website.

Murphy Paint and Varnish Company

Murphy Varnish Company


An interesting tidbit. Coach and Railway Varnishes and Colors. Published 1897. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

AAR 1970 Lubrication Manual

AAR 1970 Lubrication


All the up-to-date information on plain bearing journals as of 1970. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

TM55-203 Maintenance of Railway Car

U.S. Army Technical
Manual TM 55-203


Maintenance of Railway Car, last issue 1972. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

San-O-Cab Heater Instructions

San-O-Cab Heater


Operating instruction plate artwork for the Walton Products Company San-O-Cab heaters. Artwork is not an exact duplicate but very close. Originally screen printed on 8-1/2" X 11" brushed aluminum sheet. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format suitable for printing on paper, screen printing on metal or clear adhesive vinyl applique.

Vapor Caban Manual

Vapor Caban Heater
Manual, 1977


Installation, Operating, Maintenance and Parts Information for Model TCHA-55 Caban Heater.

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