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.