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NEO-WESTERN HELL OR HIGH WATER GARNERS HIGH PRAISE

Reviews for Hell or High Water (2016), a “neo-Western” starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, are emerging as very positive. Neo-Western is a form of the genre in which a film set in the contemporary West echoes behaviors and ideas typically associated with Westerns taking place in the Old West (1865-1890) era. Set in the…

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RED DEAD REDEMPTION – THE TRAINS

While online chatter continues as to the potential sequel (or prequel) to Red Dead Redemption (2010), this post will look at the use of trains within that acclaimed Western video game. Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption provides three basic modes for interaction with a railroad while playing as reformed outlaw, John Marston, during the single-player campaign.…

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ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN SUPPORTERS SEEK CROSS-BORDER HELP

Despite two consecutive Canadian federal governments pulling support, and the non-participation of the Ontario provincial government, those working to reinstate the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger train continue their fight. Stakeholders now offer two new ways for supporters of the train to add their voice. For Canadian citizens & residents, a parliamentary e-petition is available,…

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AMTRAK EXPANDS MISSOURI TRAIN TICKETS

Jesse James might have liked this deal when riding trains across Missouri avoiding the law – Amtrak is expanding its ten-ride ticket on the Missouri River Runner from 60 to 180 days. A holder of this multi-ride ticket can now take up to 10 trips on that Amtrak passenger train within six months. The Missouri…

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JESSE JAMES ON AMC – CULTURAL LEGACY

The American West (2016), the eight-episode docu-drama series that explored various Western icons between 1865 and 1890, recently concluded its run on AMC. The highlighted figures included Billy the Kid, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, General George Custer, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James. For those new to the story of the Missouri outlaw James, the final…

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AMTRAK TO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE MAGAZINE

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, or Amtrak as it is publicly-known, is set to launch its first nationwide magazine this coming October. The National will be a bimonthly publication featuring stories from across the Amtrak network, including those traveling onboard its trains. The glossy will be produced by travel publisher, Ink, and will replace the…