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In the spring of 1903, the 311, known to locals as “The Majestic”, carried more than 100 passengers on board toward a tunnel mouth that would allow the 13-car locomotive to pass safely through the underbelly of the Canadian Rockies. 

The tunnel swallowed the 311 whole, and the train - and everyone on it - were never seen again. 

Search parties scoured the tunnel length with torches, searching for clues as to the big engine’s fate. During that search, some of the men swore they heard a ghostly whistle echoing in the cold Albertan dark. The only thing they found, however, was a lady’s hand fan with an Oriental design, spread wide like a butterfly’s wing. 

In the winter of 1910, just after a snowy sundown, the Leland Baxter gang, a collection of cattle thieves, gunmen, and cutthroats, wait on horses before a tunnel exit. They wait for the 5409, which secretly carries a train car full of railway cash - wages destined for workers of the copper and gold mines of British Columbia. 

A payroll they intend to rob.

What they will discover, however, is that the approaching train isn’t the 5409. It’s the missing 311, the train only whispered about around dying campfires. A train that some believe still rides the iron rails, traveling to places no mortal should ever go, seeing things no one should ever see. 

Those men will climb aboard the 311...and will soon realize two sinister truths about the train. 

The 311 doesn’t ever stop. 

And no one ever gets off. 

A very weird Western. 

Approx 119,000 words. Contains violence, coarse language, and some elements of horror. 

©2019 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2020 Blue Heron Audio

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Wow

This one feels like Stephen King. Well written and excellently narrated. Did take a while to settle in

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craziness you would expect from KCB

odd but interesting, if you like odd crazy and stuff not of this earth, this is a good book for you. very well written and excellently performed, these two, writer and narrator, are a great duo for a great listen.

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OMG!!! What a RIDE!!

Wow! All I can say is be prepared to go on a train ride you'll WANT to 'ride' through again and again!!! And maybe even AGAIN!! When I saw it was R.C.Bray performing a Kieth C.Blackmore story I KNEW it would be a GREAT listen and I was NOT wrong!!! I've gone through this 'ride' 3 times already and all I want is to listen to it AGAIN!! R.C.Bray will have you pulled into the lives of these men in no time, and Mr.Blakmores talent to weave an excellent story will have you hooked to the END!! Love, love, LOVED this listen!!

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  • H.
  • 2020-10-16

Another GREAT Blackmore/Bray listen!

Unexpected and Loved it! If you're expecting a run- of - the - mill wild west train robber story... you'll be pleasantly disappointed. Story line is fast, characters unique, Mr. Blackmore is talented to say the least-- and character development for this story is on the mark. Let your imagination soar with this one. Well done!

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not what I expected

R.C Bray amazing as always, certainly not what I expected which was a pleasant surprise at times I felt I was in a Stephen King novel. Story moves along quickly just as the Majestic 311 does, great moments between characters and I found myself laughing alot with the banter going on between the characters. Wish some of the characters had more time to be fleshed out and the very end didn't really square with me but overall a unique and enjoyable trip through the dimensions.

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In my opinion, Keith Blackmore should have his house checked for a gas leak. Although entering, the story doesn’t make any sense. Lots of plot holes and circumstantial events lurch the characters through this story just to leave us hanging in the end. If you are an R.c Bray fan give it a listen as he does not disappoint. He brings depth and cadence to every character as few narrators can.

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  • Cheree Ingram
  • 2020-07-31

A Wild Ride!

First of all, you can't go wrong with Keith Blackmore and R.C. Bray. I bought it the day it was launched on Audible. This is the first book i ever purchased without any reviews and I was confident that I had a winner. And I was right! Admittedly, I got a bit discouraged with the seemingly dead end train ride in the beginning but that quickly changed to: What the hell! And I couldn't stop listening. There were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments at some of the gun mens' banter. This story is western, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy and more! And I still have about 4 hours to go! I am so pleased with this surprise purchase that I felt compelled to tell somebody about it. So here I am. I promise to update if the ending doesn't match the the same quality as the story.

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  • Old Hippy
  • 2020-08-04

Jesse James meets Darth Vader and you lise!

The 311 started off great as a turn of the century western train robbery and swept me along gladly ... until about half-way in. Then it turned into some kind of inexplicable and increasingly painful journey through ocean serpents and alien pirates, endless alien deserts, battles with monsters, drinks at a version of the Mos Eisley Cantina, and hundreds of train cars. It just goes on and on until you want to scream "ENOUGH ALREADY!" Part science fiction, part quest, without being either. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you'll have had belly full by the end. The extreme level of violence, profanity, and juvenile level sexual fantasy gets real old. And the ending does not satisfy - not in the least. Unless this kind of stuff is your thing, I would avoid. Narrator is very good - but he can't salvage it.

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  • Wesley J. Critchfield
  • 2020-08-14

Interesting, but ultimately disappointing

It starts off as a normal train robbery but then becomes very strange... but much like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland which it references a lot, in the end it all adds up to more or less nothing. There is ultimately very little in the way of plot, and many plot threads that could have added up to something didn't. For instance (not a spoiler) at one point our Robbers are hooked up with Universal translators by "aliens" but other than for that scene it doesn't amount to anything. It adds nothing and doesn't come back to help in anyway, even in understanding the strange creatures that pursue our "heroes". Chekhov's Gun, after Chekhov's Gun is laid down but none of them are actually fired. None of the characters backstories add anything to their present situation and no one is ultimately a better person or improved in anyway by the experience. (Except for maybe one, but we aren't even sure of that in the end, but to explain would be to spoil.) While the last man standing in the end doesn't even remember what words mean. And the audience gets no real answers. Ultimately it's a fun exercise in an interdimensional playground, but like the games a playground, it lacks a real narrative or satisfying conclusion. Skip it. RC Bray's narration is on point as always, but the book lacks both the wit of a 'Mark Watney' or the relationship between 'Joe & Skippy' which is where Bray really shines. So while all points awarded, I doubt this will be rate as one of Bray's more memorable reads, simply because he wasn't given much to work with.

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  • Matthew
  • 2020-08-03

This is a brilliant audiobook.

Of course, most anything performed by RCB is outstanding, but this one is over the top. Completely original concept, with enough geography and history to hold the interest of even the most jaded listener. ( Small quibble with the author's apparent focus on the word " a*s" ) but aside from that, very well done. The characters are engaging ( and we care enough about them that it matters when things happen to them! ). The story arc, as odd as it is, rolls along. The resolution is honest, if not also a bit odd. There is some violence, gore, and swearing, and as such, this is an adult book. But oh man, go for a ride on the Majestic 311!!!

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  • Eddie
  • 2020-08-11

The weakest ending to a book I’ve ever read.

The hook was a good one and the start was strong but it’s obvious that the author had no idea where to take the book or how to wrap it up. I wanted to love it but it’s a hot mess that I feel ashamed to have paid for.

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  • Marilyn Morrison
  • 2020-08-11

What was the point?

It seems like the author just threw out as many crazy scenarios as he could possibly think of, but none of them served any actual purpose unless that purpose was to illustrate that we were taking a ride on a crazy train? I don't know, but I I was ready for it to end about half way through. I just kept asking myself why was {insert crazy world here} important to the story? In any event, when it did finally end, it was made clear that there truly was no actual point to any of it; which was not surprising but still disappointing. R.C. Bray, as always did a fantastic job as one of the best narrators out there.

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  • Brad
  • 2020-08-06

FANTASTIC!! Smut Smut for the win!

Keith C. Blackmore can write! And of course RC Bray makes the characters come to life! This book went in so many different directions, but it flowed well. Definitely always has you thinking, what will happen next? The scenes is the saloon were absolutely great, just wow. Smut Smut should return in future books, for sure.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-07-30

Wow

I loved this book! A time travelling, world hopping adventure, so unpredictable, RC is killer in it too.

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-08-05

Curiouser and curiouser

Down the rabbit hole we go. What I thought at first was going to be a horror book turned into something I wasn't expecting. I was a little blown away with the barrage of people starting off in the book and had to rewind a bit. Of course RC Bray was perfect which helped with the rating

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  • Justin B.
  • 2020-08-04

Like an acid trip on rails

Get ready for a hell of a trip! Crazy story that will make you want to listen again immediately, and RC Bray kills it as always!

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