Delay In Block Productions was founded on November 26, 2011 by Michigan railroad enthusiant, Drayton Blackgrove as way to share his railroad videos and photos.

Familiar with YouTube and savy with social media, Blackgrove began uploading his railroad content under the YouTube Channel “DelayInBlock,” a name derived from the railroad rule that states: “If you stop or slow your train below 10mph, you have to be prepared to stop at the next signal.”

In Blackgrove’s hometown of Jackson, Michigan, the Amtrak depot’s platform had two Delay In Block signs, which remind the engineers on the Amtrak line of the rule when stopping to load passengers at CP Jackson. The signs were initialed “DIB,” which so happened to be Blackgrove’s full initials. Inspired by the signs, Blackgrove decided to name his YouTube Channel after the rule.

In 2013, Delay In Block Productions became a legally licensed company and is now a leader in the railroad and railfan media production business. Blackgrove’s company emerged from a small YouTube channel, receiving about 300 views per day, to a massive media outlet, with over 24,000 subscribers and nearly thousands of Facebook followers. Delay In Block Productions is also the owner of the popular YouTube Channel “TrainsForChildren,” which receives over 1.5 million views every month (on averages based off of 2014).

Today, Delay In Block Productions is known for producing short, informative railroad documentaries on YouTube, while offering more feature-length content on their website, in the form of DVDs and digital downloads. Daily railroad photos are posted on the company Facebook’s profile, proudly showcasing the work of over thirty professional railroad photographers.

In addition to YouTube videos, in 2015, RFD-TV plans on airing some of Delay In Block Production’s upcoming railroad documentaries on their popular “Trains & Locomotives,” TV show. Stay tuned for updates in the news section on our website.

Delay In Block Productions is currently offering media production services for several railroad companies in the Midwest. For more information on how to hire a Delay In Block Productions crew for promotional media services, as well as a portfolio of video production work Delay In Block Productions has done in the past, visit the Services page on our website.

Drayton Blackgrove

Drayton Blackgrove

Owner

Delay In Block Productions was started on November 26, 2011 by Drayton Blackgrove. Blackgrove, a young railroad enthusiast from Michigan, wanted to create a new and more professional way to share his railroad videos and photos. Familiar with YouTube and savy with social media, Blackgrove began uploading his railroad content under the YouTube Channel ``DelayInBlock,`` a name derived from the railroad rule that states: ``If you stop or slow your train below 10mph, you have to be prepared to stop at the next signal.``

David Ferrell

David Ferrell

Contributor

When he's not railfanning, Dave Ferrell is a server administrator, living in Richmond, VA with his wife and two children. Dave learned to love trains while growing up in Philadelphia, PA in the 1970s. In 1993, Dave was bitten by the video bug when he borrowed a friend's VHS camcorder to capture an excursion behind N&W 611, and was finally able to purchase his own camcorder three years later. Dave's railfan videography outings were infrequent until 2007, when he established a YouTube channel to share his videos and then 'discovered' the local railroading hot spot in Ashland, less than an hour from home. In the years since, Dave has enjoyed frequent trips to view the action on CSX's former RF&P main line, but he is always endeavoring to expand his railfanning horizon into new locations.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Contributor

Chris Campbell is from Lexington, Kentucky and is the head baseball coach for NCAA Division III Transylvania University in Lexington. His fascination with trains stemmed from growing up just a few hundred feet from the Southern CNO&TP mainline in Lexington. He attributes Norfolk and Western #611 as being the impetus for turning his fascination with trains into an obsession. Chris' hobby of chasing, riding and photographing steam locomotives blossomed in the early 1990s, during the halcyon days of CSX and Norfolk Southern steam excursions. While playing baseball in college, Chris distanced himself from the hobby to focus on his athletics and education, but during a trip to Los Angeles in 2004, he happened upon Santa Fe 3715 charging down the freeway, and he chased it to San Bernardino. He's been back ever since.

Chris shoots primarily DSLR with his Canon 6D, and also has made several audio recordings in three different decades. His favorite railroads are the Chesapeake & Ohio and Nickel Plate Road, and of course still holds a high regard for the Southern / Norfolk Southern. He primarily calls himself a modern steam fan, and focuses mainly on shooting and recording steam locomotives. He also is lead singer for his band out of Lexington - the Chris Campbell Band, and he and his wife Beth enjoy traveling and fostering dogs.

Jim Stanton

Jim Stanton

Contributor

Jim's love of photography was fostered by his father thanks to hand-me-down 35mm SLR gear at a young age. That passion for the visual moved from film to video in college and turned into a career as a photojournalist, working for the last 15 years in television news and production.

The fascination with trains was sparked by childhood trips to Strasburg Rail Road and riding public transit growing up around Philadelphia. The visit by Nickel Plate 765 to the Harrisburg area in 2012 however refocused Jim's interest in trains. He picked up a second-hand Nikon DSLR and got back to his still photography roots, learning the art of digital photography and processing.

You can usually find Jim trackside in Central Pennsylvania, often along the Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch. To help spark the same love of thundering machinery, Jim likes to bring his sons along for a chase through the countryside.

To view more of Jim's work, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/teeveejim

Jordan Hood

Jordan Hood

Contributor

Jordan Hood is a college student at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, Georgia. He has always had a great interest in trains, sharing the hobby through model railroading with his grandfather, before becoming greatly interested in the photography and rail operations side in the spring of 2012. It was then that he started shooting with his parent’s entry level DSLR, and he was instantly hooked. With the help of friends like fellow Delay In Block contributor Chip Allen, he has learned extensively and continues to learn more with every trip trackside.

Living in the Gainesville area has given Jordan the opportunity to be around Norfolk Southern and CSX. However, due to the close proximity to the mainline and friends within the company, NS would be considered his favorite railroad. In addition to the Class I’s, he enjoys shortline railroading, as his earliest memories include watching the Bay Line while on family vacations to Florida. However, steam locomotives are undoubtedly his favorite pieces of equipment to be around, and he has been fortunate enough to visit the historic Nevada Northern Railway as well as see the continued revitalization of mainline steam in the South.

Connor Short

Connor Short

Contributor

Connor Short is a high school student, currently attending a catholic school in Rochester, New York. Heavily influenced by Thomas & Friends, wooden trains, and his grandfather’s HO scale layout, he has been hooked on railroading since he was a toddler. In late 2012, Connor became intrigued with real railroading operations, which lead to his discovery of railroad videography. He expanded his railroading passion when he received his Nikon DSLR in late 2013. With its close proximity, Connor primarily railfans CSX Transportation’s busy, foreign power-rich, Rochester Subdivision. Yearly family trips allow Connor to railfan in the Baltimore and Harrisburg areas. As being new to the railfanning hobby, Connor is focusing on improving his video, photo, and editing skills. He also loves researching rail lines throughout North America and hopes to one day take railfanning trips to the Midwest and Canada. Connor’s dream job is to be a train dispatcher.