MUSIC FOR THE ACR – FUNDRAISER FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has announced a major fundraising event toward re-starting passenger rail service on the Algoma Central Railway. On April 6th, celebrated Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn will perform at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Money raised will support efforts by Missanabie Cree First Nation…

NEW EDITION OF IDAHO RAILROAD BOOK RELEASED

A revised edition of the Idaho-focused Railroads Through the Coeur d’Alenes has been released. The newer 2016 edition expands upon the first version of the book, originally published in 1983. Author John Wood has augmented the volume’s railroad history to include a new layout, over 400 photo images, and the history of the last Burlington Northern…

LONGMIRE RENEWED FOR SIXTH & FINAL SEASON ON NETFLIX

Netflix has announced that it has renewed the contemporary Western mystery series Longmire for a sixth and final season. Netflix first began offering new seasons of Longmire via its streaming service in 2015, after the acclaimed series was cancelled by its original network, A&E. With the show’s fourth season (its first with Netflix), there was…

LONGMIRE – NETFLIX OFFERS SEASON 5 OF THE CONTEMPORARY WESTERN

Netflix is now offering a new season of the contemporary Western Longmire, the fifth in the lifetime of the TV series (and the second produced with Netflix). Despite three years of strong ratings on its original network, A&E, the show was cancelled in the summer of 2014. Netflix picked up production of the Western series,…

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…

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,…

HELL ON WHEELS – SERIES FINALE

After five seasons of building story-lines in its dramatization of the building of the first transcontinental railroad, AMC’s Hell on Wheels will have its final episode this Saturday, July 23rd. The Western railroad series, which debuted in 2011 and has been filmed in Alberta, Canada, has framed its stories around that construction project undertaken by…