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RIDIN’ THE RAILS: JOHNNY CASH & THE RAILROAD

The great American singer Johnny Cash was a fan of trains. Born in 1932, he came of age in the immediate post-World War II years as diesel replaced steam locomotives but the automobile and aviation had yet to completely overshadow train travel. Fans of Cash’s music also know that his original “Tennessee Two” backing band…

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LONGMIRE SEASON FINALE (& RATINGS INFO)

A&E’s contemporary Western mystery series Longmire concludes its third season tonight at 10pm (EST) / 9pm (CST). Set in present-day Wyoming, the show is based on the popular novel series of the same name by Wyoming resident, Craig Johnson. Lead character Sheriff Walt Longmire is played by Robert Taylor and he is backed by a…

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HELL ON WHEELS MARATHON ON AMC PRIOR TO SEASON 4 LAUNCH

AMC has invited viewers to climb aboard a long distance train of TV viewing, so to speak. Beginning today, Friday, August 1st at 3pm (EST), AMC will run the first three seasons of its acclaimed Western series Hell on Wheels as a lead-up to the Season 4 premiere of the show Saturday, August 2nd at 9E/8C.…

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PULLMAN RAIL JOURNEYS RECREATE THE PAST WITH LUXURY

For those seeking a different pace of travel with luxury and amenities at hand, Pullman Rail Journeys may literally be your “ticket”. Started in 2012, the company has restored Pullman cars that are hooked up to a given Amtrak train for routes that include the iconic Chicago to New Orleans trip. The Amtrak train for…

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HELL ON WHEELS SEASON 4 VIDEO PREVIEW

In support of its launch of Season Four of Hell on Wheels on August 2nd, AMC has released video previewing the next installment in its acclaimed Western series. Launched in 2011 and set in the post-US Civil War years, Hell on Wheels dramatizes the westward construction of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad. The series is…

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO STAR IN MOUNTAIN MAN WESTERN

Media sources are reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to shoot a Western film based on the famous mountain man Hugh Glass (1780-1833). Indications are that the film will be made in Alberta and British Columbia between October 2014 and March 2015. Tom Hardy will co-star in what has been described as a “revenge story”.…

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RAILROAD POSTERS – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

Following the attendance of this writer at a high-speed rail event in Chicago this week, and with just three weeks until the premiere of Season Four of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, it seems appropriate to do a railroad-related post – an interactive one. In a previous post – The Art of the Railroads – this site discussed…