Delay In Block Productions

Delay In Block Productions Delay In Block™ Productions: bringing you the latest and greatest in high-definition railroad videos. Delay In Block Productions was founded in November of 2011 by Drayton Blackgrove, a rail enthusiast with a lifelong passion for trains, as a means of sharing his favorite hobby with the world.

Originally beginning as a small YouTube Channel, Delay In. Block™ has evolved into a multi-media production company offering high-quality railroad content online and in physical formats. Today, the Delay In Block YouTube Channel is the fastest-growing railroad-related YouTube Channel and is home to some of the most viewed, high-definition railfan videos on the internet. "Delay In Block" is a Trademark of Delay In Block Productions.

Learn more here: https://swamprabbitexpress.org/saluda-gradeThis weekend, we'll be presenting with our good friend, Davi...
09/09/2021

Learn more here: https://swamprabbitexpress.org/saluda-grade

This weekend, we'll be presenting with our good friend, David O'Brien (from the Saluda Historic Depot) in a clinic about the history of Saluda Grade. The clinic is part of the Swamp Rabbit Express 2021 Convention, hosted by the Palmetto Division and the Piedmont Division, NMRA. We hope to see many of you there and look forward to a fun weekend of trains!

Learn more here: https://swamprabbitexpress.org/saluda-grade

This weekend, we'll be presenting with our good friend, David O'Brien (from the Saluda Historic Depot) in a clinic about the history of Saluda Grade. The clinic is part of the Swamp Rabbit Express 2021 Convention, hosted by the Palmetto Division and the Piedmont Division, NMRA. We hope to see many of you there and look forward to a fun weekend of trains!

Wow!
05/21/2021

Wow!

Our former C40-8 now wears classic Rock Island red and yellow. Several years ago, the locomotive was rebuilt to Dash 9 specifications by Canadian National Railway Company. The big six axle is rated at 4,200 horsepower and is considered to be a "C42-9." It is our largest, most powerful locomotive to date. Robert Riley, President, had originally intended to repaint #2127 in our "Reborn Blue" scheme. However, in order to maintain our other trademarks, red was chosen instead. We'll be applying the speed lettering on the sides of the locomotive soon.

Photo by Terry Redeker.

05/11/2021
Battling the Grade: Freeport-McMoRan

Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/SxaECzu5cac

It’s been said that God leads every man he loves through a desert at some point in his life. Whether it’s spiritual or physical, some say that the arid wilderness reminds a man of just how much he needs God. Others view the desert as a glimpse of Hell on Earth. To the late Johnny Cash, the desert was the devil’s playground. "It's a hell of a place that he has for hell.”

Whatever view you take, history has proven though dry, and desolate - the desert of Eastern Arizona has provided the US with one of the richest copper deposits in the world. First discovered over 140 years ago at a campsite known as “Clifton,” the copper deposits in Greenlee County would help fuel the industrial revolution and aided the nation in World War II.

Today, the cities of Clifton and Morenci are home to the largest copper mine in North America: the Morenci Open-Pit. Operated by Freeport-McMoRan, the Morenci mine produces an average of 800,000,000 pounds of copper per year. New copper discoveries are rare and many historic mines across the country are seeing reserves dwindle, but with its deep roots - the Morenci Open-Pit continues to deliver year after year.

The railroad has been the backbone of the Morenci Mine for over a century, and as long as the ground has copper to mine, the railroad will continue to move it. In fact, Freeport-McMoRan operates its own industrial railroad that carries chemicals, equipment, and copper from the mine in Morenci to Clifton - where it interchanges with Genesee & Wyoming’s Arizona Eastern Railway.

Check out our latest video on the Paducah & Louisville Railway.
04/24/2021
Paducah & Louisville: The CSX Regional Railway in Kentucky

Check out our latest video on the Paducah & Louisville Railway.

In our latest video, you'll spend time chasing trains on the Paducah & Louisville Railway - a Class II regional railroad in the Bluegrass State.Subscribers: ...

04/03/2021
Marquette Rail Serves Morton Salt

See the full video here: https://youtu.be/bcHqETUGL_I

Morton Salt has been a large part of Manistee, Michigan's history for over 90 years. In fact, the salt mining industry goes back to the 1870s and continues to provide good-paying jobs to Manisteeans over 140 years later. This short clip comes from a video we recently published on YouTube - which covers the daily operations of Marquette Rail, Manistee's shortline railroad company.

We'd like to give a big shout-out to the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society for providing these wonderful images of the Manistee Morton Salt Plant. COHS is a great resource if you're wanting to learn more about Manistee's railroad history - or Michigan railroading in general. In their archives, they also have some great C&O company pictures of the Manistee River High Bridge being dismantled in 1955.

Check out our latest video on Norfolk Southern's beloved F units. It covers their last trip through the State of Ohio be...
03/06/2021
Press F for the Norfolk Southern F Units

Check out our latest video on Norfolk Southern's beloved F units. It covers their last trip through the State of Ohio before being retired in late 2019. -Drayton

When it comes to watching freight trains on busy mainline railroads in the midwest, few places compare to Northwest Ohio. With three Class I Railroads and a ...

02/28/2021
Aftermath: Surviving a Train Wreck

See the full video here: https://youtu.be/NlUf-lmoWHo​

At 10:30 PM on the night of June 6th, 2019, Norfolk Southern intermodal train 25z, bound for Chicago, struck a vehicle that was parked on the mainline at North Main Street in Swanton, Ohio. Abandoned by the driver, the vehicle was struck at the track speed of 60MPH. What ensued was a major derailment that nearly resulted in the death of four people.

Watch now: https://youtu.be/XowWhOcfLhYIn our latest video, we follow the Valdosta Railway from Clyattville to its names...
02/19/2021

Watch now: https://youtu.be/XowWhOcfLhY

In our latest video, we follow the Valdosta Railway from Clyattville to its namesake city in the beautiful State of Georgia. This 14-mile shortline serves the Packaging Corp. of America by moving paper products to and from Valdosta. -Drayton

Watch now: https://youtu.be/XowWhOcfLhY

In our latest video, we follow the Valdosta Railway from Clyattville to its namesake city in the beautiful State of Georgia. This 14-mile shortline serves the Packaging Corp. of America by moving paper products to and from Valdosta. -Drayton

Wow! What a neat article from a very small town in Michigan. -Drayton
02/16/2021
Winter on the NYC “Old Road”

Wow! What a neat article from a very small town in Michigan. -Drayton

By Douglas N. Leffler Attached are several images taken about 1950 in Hudson, Michigan on New York Central’s Toledo, Ohio to Elkhart, Indiana “Old Road” by my late friend, Jim Findlay. Jim was a resident of Hudson and regularly photographed […]

Watch it now: https://youtu.be/nwSHYMjymAgIn our latest video, we return to Genesee & Wyoming’s Georgia Central Railway ...
02/12/2021

Watch it now: https://youtu.be/nwSHYMjymAg

In our latest video, we return to Genesee & Wyoming’s Georgia Central Railway to follow the "wood chip local." Running as train symbol Y115, it serves International Paper by moving wood chips from their load-out at Meldrim, Georgia to their massive mill in Savannah.

Watch it now: https://youtu.be/nwSHYMjymAg

In our latest video, we return to Genesee & Wyoming’s Georgia Central Railway to follow the "wood chip local." Running as train symbol Y115, it serves International Paper by moving wood chips from their load-out at Meldrim, Georgia to their massive mill in Savannah.

Watch now: https://youtu.be/6eub_vrDrd4Our second video on the Georgia Central Railway is premiering now on YouTube. In ...
02/05/2021

Watch now: https://youtu.be/6eub_vrDrd4

Our second video on the Georgia Central Railway is premiering now on YouTube. In this video, we follow local train L781 between Tarrytown, Vidalia, and back. Powered by four GP38-2s, this local sounds and looks like it could be right out of the 1970s. Check it out now. -Drayton

Watch now: https://youtu.be/6eub_vrDrd4

Our second video on the Georgia Central Railway is premiering now on YouTube. In this video, we follow local train L781 between Tarrytown, Vidalia, and back. Powered by four GP38-2s, this local sounds and looks like it could be right out of the 1970s. Check it out now. -Drayton

Jackson & Lansing Railroad train JL1 as seen from Michigan Avenue at Lansing, Michigan on August 22, 2014. See the video...
02/04/2021

Jackson & Lansing Railroad train JL1 as seen from Michigan Avenue at Lansing, Michigan on August 22, 2014. See the video here: https://youtu.be/OiA_F9hRea8?t=1802

ADBF's classy paint scheme is the perfect combination of two iconic heritage railroads: the New York Central and Grand Trunk Western. The Jackson & Lansing Railroad was created in October of 2010 after Norfolk Southern agreed to lease the line to the Adrian & Blissfield subsidiary for a period of twenty years, with the option to purchase the line after the lease expires. The Jackson & Lansing, reporting mark “JAIL,” uses two classic EMD GP9 locomotives to pull their trains between the two namesake cities.

The former Michigan State Prison in Jackson is where the railroad’s reporting mark (JAIL) is believed to be derived from. Others theorize it could be an acronym for the counties in which the railroad operates through (i.e. the Jackson and Ingham Line). Either way, if you so much as venture one inch off the ROW of a public road or sidewalk, the management of this railroad will send you to JAIL or write you a hefty ticket for trespassing on their railroad.

Jackson & Lansing Railroad train JL1 as seen from Michigan Avenue at Lansing, Michigan on August 22, 2014. See the video here: https://youtu.be/OiA_F9hRea8?t=1802

ADBF's classy paint scheme is the perfect combination of two iconic heritage railroads: the New York Central and Grand Trunk Western. The Jackson & Lansing Railroad was created in October of 2010 after Norfolk Southern agreed to lease the line to the Adrian & Blissfield subsidiary for a period of twenty years, with the option to purchase the line after the lease expires. The Jackson & Lansing, reporting mark “JAIL,” uses two classic EMD GP9 locomotives to pull their trains between the two namesake cities.

The former Michigan State Prison in Jackson is where the railroad’s reporting mark (JAIL) is believed to be derived from. Others theorize it could be an acronym for the counties in which the railroad operates through (i.e. the Jackson and Ingham Line). Either way, if you so much as venture one inch off the ROW of a public road or sidewalk, the management of this railroad will send you to JAIL or write you a hefty ticket for trespassing on their railroad.

As brief as my visit to Ashland was on the 17th, it was also busy. In the space of 41 minutes, Amtrak and CSX managed to...
01/21/2021
Ashland VA 01.17.21: (Low) Lights, Camera, Action

As brief as my visit to Ashland was on the 17th, it was also busy. In the space of 41 minutes, Amtrak and CSX managed to squeeze in 5 trains: the southbound Silver Star and Auto Train, the northbound Palmetto, coal drag N770, and manifest Q369. - Dave Ferrell

As brief as my visit to Ashland was on the 17th, it was also busy. In the space of 41 minutes, Amtrak and CSX managed to squeeze 5 trains: the southbound Sil...

One of our latest videos includes a facility tour of Lhoist North America's Crab Orchard Mine in Tennessee. -Drayton
01/12/2021
Lhoist North America: Mine Tour and Freight Train

One of our latest videos includes a facility tour of Lhoist North America's Crab Orchard Mine in Tennessee. -Drayton

Lhoist North America is a Belgium-based mining company that owns and operates the former Franklin Industrial Minerals limestone mine at Crab Orchard, TN. In ...

In a year full of turmoil and Things That Were Not So Great, it was nice to wrap things up on a positive note with a pos...
01/02/2021
Ashland VA 12.27.20: Light, Up The Tracks

In a year full of turmoil and Things That Were Not So Great, it was nice to wrap things up on a positive note with a post-Christmas visit to Ashland to check out the holiday lights downtown - and film a few trains under said illumination, of course. - Dave Ferrell

In a year full of turmoil and Things That Were Not So Great, it was nice to wrap things up on a positive note with a post-Christmas visit to Ashland to check...

One of the reasons, aside from union agreements (related to turning power), Southern Railway operated locomotives long h...
12/21/2020

One of the reasons, aside from union agreements (related to turning power), Southern Railway operated locomotives long hood forward was for crew safety. -Drayton

NS 3633 ET44AC and NS 5037 GP38-2 have been cut up this week at the Juniata Shops.
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I recently lost a good friend of mine, Jonathan Guy, who was hospitalized with a terrible infection for several weeks ea...
12/17/2020
JGuy202021 Benefit

I recently lost a good friend of mine, Jonathan Guy, who was hospitalized with a terrible infection for several weeks earlier this month. "J Guy" as he was affectionately nicknamed, was a dispatcher for Chattanooga public safety, a firetruck enthusiast, and a lifelong railfan who was loved by many who knew him personally.

Per a mutual friend who took care of Jonathan in the hospital, we are finding out there may yet be some outstanding bills for Jonathan. He did have a small life insurance policy that should cover his funeral, which was held today. However, there will be things like medical bills, credit cards, etc. that will need to be covered. We should know in about two weeks about how much is needed to cover these said expenses.

Prior to Jonathan's passing, several of us got together to create a benefit raffle for him by offering tickets to win an HO Scale Athearn NS 9-1-1. The raffle is still live and will continue through the rest of the month. Tickets are $25 and you can purchase up to twenty tickets. One ticket at $25 = one chance to win the locomotive. If you are at all interested in trains, modeling, or firefighting, supporting Jonathan through this raffle is a great way to honor him.

Thank you. -Drayton

Enter to Win this Athearn Genesis NS 9-1-1 SD60E HO scale locomotive

New video out now on Rock Island Rail. -Drayton
11/27/2020
Return to Rock Island Rail

New video out now on Rock Island Rail. -Drayton

On May 23rd, 2020, Rock Island Rail would unveil their second locomotive in the "Reborn Blue” paint scheme. Locomotive 4310 would be joined GP38 no. 4373 in ...

The subdued, socially-distanced festivities of The Weekend Of What Would Have Been continued on November 8th, when I ret...
11/26/2020
The Trains Of What Would Have Been The Day After Ashland Train Day 2020

The subdued, socially-distanced festivities of The Weekend Of What Would Have Been continued on November 8th, when I returned trackside for another day of railfanning prior to dinner (outdoors) with a few friends at the Iron Horse in Ashland. Unexpected early morning fog made for less-than-ideal driving conditions, but it would present one of those 'right place, right time' photographic opportunities if it could just hold on until I was in position and there was a little more light - and a train or two. - Dave Ferrell

The subdued, socially-distanced festivities of The Weekend Of What Would Have Been continued on November 8th, when I returned trackside for another day of ra...

Amazing photo!
11/25/2020

Amazing photo!

Off to the races.

We knew this day was coming...or not coming, depending on how you look at it. Ashland Train Day had been cancelled for 2...
11/21/2020
The Trains Of What Would Have Been Ashland Train Day 2020

We knew this day was coming...or not coming, depending on how you look at it. Ashland Train Day had been cancelled for 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but on The Weekend Of What Would Have Been, a few of us decided to carry on in socially-distanced, mask-equipped spirit. While some of my distinguished colleagues ventured north on a train ride to Washington DC, I arrived in Ashland later in the afternoon to be in position to film their return - and capture a few trains in the meantime, of course. - Dave Ferrell

We knew this day was coming...or not coming, depending on how you look at it. Ashland Train Day had been cancelled for 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pand...

Three years ago this week, CSX and the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum put on an incredible show for the 75th Anniver...
11/18/2020
Horn Show at Copper Creek: Clinchfield Santa Train

Three years ago this week, CSX and the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum put on an incredible show for the 75th Anniversary of The Santa Train. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no Santa Train this year.

Here's a sneak peek of the Santa Train video from this Saturday. How about that horn show at Copper Creek? I'm looking for additional footage of the Santa Tr...

Here's a great opportunity to help preserve a very special locomotive. -Drayton
11/17/2020

Here's a great opportunity to help preserve a very special locomotive. -Drayton

The 31 is in Monticello! We are excited to announce that former C&IM #31 is safe at the museum. We appreciate the amount of support that we have received so far in saving this unit. But there is still work to be done.
A group of museum members are in Alabama this morning prepping the IT 784 for movement to the museum as well.
Both projects have cost the museum quite a bit of money to do. Your donations will help offset the cost of both projects and numerous others at MRM. Please consider a donation to help. You can follow the link below or go to our webpage at www.mrym.org and donate there.
Thanks to all that have helped in this project so far.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bill039s-fund-for-monticello-railway-museum?sharetype=teams&member=6739588&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=0fa71587a1e343a0877a98dc25df8189

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your videos are heaven🥰
Back when Genesee and Wyoming took on a joint venture in Australia and bought Australian National....didn't have time for a new paint job....just doesn't look right 😂 (have since sold and moved on)
Hey delay in block productions why does GC 1800 have a SD70 ace horn equipped?
So what are the odds some URBEX guys will find a C-628 sitting in some back trackage that missed th cutting torch?
Please consider starting your videos with the location name and milepost stenciled on the side of the signal hut protecting the crossing you just arrived at. Thank you.
great job on the videos are the best i love the train videos
Thought you might enjoy this... IAIS 513 and 503 leading this morning's westbound train over the Government Bridge swing span at Rock Island, IL 5/27/2020 I'm an apprentice swing-span operator here on this historic bridge and love sharing my view from the control tower 🙂
I caught you in the act Drayton ✌️😁
Come to Hutchinson KS soon and do a live stream
Enjoying your Deshler: Four Seasons of CSX Freight Trains production. Nice job. Watching the Deshler diamond taking a daily beating and I'm curious if it's been upgraded to a fl**ge bearing frog design?
It was great to meet you in Springfield. Hopefully once this all over, you can come up and chase an old EMD high hood in Maine.
Just spotted heading north in Minot, North Dakota! My first ever Heritage Unit!!