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STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Seven Review – The Personal-Professional Mix

In its latest episode (November 24th), one of the themes that the new CBC Western series Strange Empire explored was the professional-personal dynamic that exists between specific characters. Set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, the newest installment, entitled “The Oath”, examined the tension of when professional skills and personal sentiments collide. One of the strongest…

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CP HOLIDAY TRAIN ROLLS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS

The annual Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is now riding the rails across the United States and Canada. The CP Holiday Train visits numerous communities in both countries to gather food & funds for the local food banks of each stop visited. Lit up with holiday lights, the train features various musical artists who play…

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LONGMIRE RESCUED BY NETFLIX

Netflix has rode to the rescue of the contemporary Western series Longmire. It has now been announced that the video streaming service will carry the show, the fate of which was in limbo for several months. Set in present-day Wyoming, the TV series ran for three seasons on A&E until a surprise cancellation by the…

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STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

The sixth episode of CBC’s new Western series Strange Empire, entitled “Electricity”, debuted November 17th and while giving some story-time to emerging electronic communication (i.e. the telegraph) it was another source of power that drove plot-lines forward – that of legal authority. Set in 1869 in what will become the border region of Alberta-Montana, the…

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GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD STORIES – NEW BOOK

A new book offers a look back at 75 years of railroad stories from America. Great American Railroad Stories (2014) contains articles originally published in Trains magazine, reaching back to the magazine’s launch in 1940. At over 50 stories and almost 300 pages, Great American Railroad Stories offers the reader a glimpse into the era…

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NEW EPISODES & SEASON RENEWAL FOR HELL ON WHEELS

After a five-week break, AMC’s Hell on Wheels returns tonight (November 8) with the first of three consecutive episodes to close out its fourth season. Launched in 2011, the Western series dramatizes the westward construction of the transcontinental Union Pacific railroad in the post-Civil War years. An ensemble cast is led by Anson Mount, who…