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George R.R. Martin buys the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway with two other partners

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Most of us may not remember when exactly we lost interest in the toys that we wanted to preserve throughout our life. The toys that formed the basis of our existence after school and friends. A distinct item in that stack used to be a train set. Some tracks that you had to assemble, a locomotive and a few cars, and some add-ons to put around the railway tracks. Our beloved American author George R.R. Martin, now 71-year-old, believes it’s “a deep-buried case of Train Lust” from his childhood that prompted him to buy the defunct Santa Fe Southern Railroad along with partners, Catherine Oppenheimer and Bill Banowsky. Read on to find out more.

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The Santa Fe Southern Railway is an 18.1-mile spur line between New Mexico’s capital, Santa Fe, and the depot of Lamy, a village-town in New Mexico. It starts from just behind Martin’s movie theatre Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. The three partners came together due to shared interest and closeness to the Santa Fe Railyard; which they bought through a joint venture called Santa Fe and Lamy Railroad Partners LLC. Catherine Oppenheimer, an arts philanthropist, has co-founded the New Mexico School for the Arts while Bill Banowsky owns the Violet Crown Cinema. But more than everything, it’s Martin’s child-like enthusiasm about being able to sit in the engine car and blow the whistle that catches our eye. “Even though I’m an old guy, I’m a 13-year-old inside,” he told the Albuquerque Journal.

Regularly scheduled passenger services stopped on the rail-line in 2014. It has since been used for private events and the odd shoot for movies or TV. The trio of Martin, Oppenheimer, and Banowsky has had to push hard to arrive at this fruitful outcome of ownership. The process started in June 2019 with buying a mortgage on the real estate. And it finished with acquiring close to 89% shares of the railroad and the Santa Fe Southern; along with ten train cars and two locomotives. The Lamy depot falls on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief train between Chicago and Los Angeles. Amtrak’s lease on Lamy ends soon, and thus, the trio would be able to operate the train track hassle-free.

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Although it would require some significant work, time, and money to revive it, Martin and his partners have some elegant plans for the train line. GRRM plans on using the Lamy depot in the expansion of film and TV production; as his non-profit group Stagecoach Foundation is committed to doing in New Mexico. “A Wild West sound stage”, “a backlot”, and the use of the train in film productions are a few of his thoughts. “It was already used in Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid,” he said.

All three of them feel that the railroad and the Lamy depot could become a fun community experience for the locals and the tourists. “There are a lot of opportunities for a new tourist attraction. COVID has thrown a monkey wrench into our plan. We had hoped to get things up and running in 2021, but now it won’t be until 2022,” GRRM said. The author also wrote on his Not a Blog regarding their plans; “We have all sorts of fun ideas for the future: live music and murder mysteries and train robberies (actors playing bandits) and escape rooms and…well, we shall see.”

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He calls the murder mystery event “Murder on the Lamy Express”. “We don’t want this to be a shabby railroad on its last legs. We want this to be a real jewel,” he concluded. It seems like George “Railroad” Martin would invent a good amount of fantasy fiction for this exciting new project. And we certainly aren’t complaining. We wish the train-trio the best of luck! Moreover, we hope The Winds of Winter is on the tracks too. Since we want it to be an enthralling ride through the penultimate station of A Song of Ice and Fire saga, we are ready to wait for it!

So, what are your thoughts about this? Tell us in the comments section below.

Even though the world is currently fighting the COVID pandemic, good news keeps rushing in for Game of Thrones fans. The fantasy epic completed 10 years of its run in April this year, and the prequel House of The Dragon has begun production. And this year we had another Game of Thrones baby, much to everyone’s surprise. Actress Natalie Dormer has given birth to a baby daughter, her first child with partner David Oakes.

Her daughter was born in January and has been kept a secret, shared only with family and close friends. But the news will surely delight her fans. Natalie, 39, does not use social media. She broke the news to her friend Esther Rantzen on her That’s After Life podcast, produced by Captive Minds, released on Wednesday.

It’s the perfect thing to do during a pandemic – get pregnant, have a baby,” joked Natalie. “I feel like I’m probably being a bit of a cliché, she’ll probably be sitting in a bar in 30 years’ time one day going, “Yeah, I’m a COVID baby”. I think there’s going to be lots of COVID babies because what else can people do, maybe like blitz babies?”

She added, “She’s just three months and she’s an absolute joy, I’m never going to complain about shooting hours ever again because sleep deprivation is something else.”

“People say, “Your whole perspective on life will change, and your whole set of value system” and you sort of roll your eyes and go “yeah, yeah” – and then you have one and you go, “Oh. Wow!”

Send your best wishes to the cute little family in the comments below!

After waiting for nearly a year, Game of Thrones fans finally have some good news. HBO has made it official- House of The Dragon is ready to take flight. The highly awaited Game of Thrones prequel began production last week. Also, the rumours have been confirmed, the news about the series being filmed in Cornwall is actually true! The show’s stars Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy were spotted filming on Holywell Beach in Cornwall.

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The prequel caused quite a buzz in the last few days when the official Twitter handle of Game of Thrones announced the beginning of production. It didn’t take much time for the locals at Cornwall to leak photos and videos from the set. The Daily Mail released a leaked video of the crew and the stars Matt and Emma filming in full costume. Check it out here!

Smith and D’Arcy are in full regal Targaryen costuming for shooting. They’re wearing silver-blond wigs with styling that is reminiscent of Game of Thrones’ Daenerys and Viserys. The actors shared a scene, speaking together on the beach. Then it appeared that D’Arcy strolled towards the water when the characters finished talking.

The crew was busy setting up the set; a broken hull and a leftover wreck. It looks likely that this site is serving as Driftmark and the home of the Velaryons.

What are your speculations about the leaked video and images? Tell us in the comments below!

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, famous for playing Arya Stark on the show, will be representing WWF on an international level. Williams has become the first global ambassador for climate and nature for wildlife charity WWF. She appeared in a WWF video highlighting the importance of battling climate change.

Maisie said, “My personal goal is to show people everywhere that each and every one of us plays a vital role in making a difference. I am honoured and excited to be working with WWF. Together we will give the opportunity for people to learn about critical parts of the natural world that are most at risk. And how we can all personally make a difference and preserve them for future generations.”

I want to showcase the fight back against climate change. Including how we can turn around the crisis in our oceans. Which are home to such extraordinary diversity of life and sustain us all.”

She continued, “Through my history of learning about our sustainable future. I have recognised that climate change is often interpreted as an overwhelming force. But my personal goal is to show people everywhere that each and every one of us plays a vital role in making a difference.”

“From small daily life changes, through to supporting larger campaigns directed at a government level for policy change. We can all join the many incredible activists who are working every day to impact change.”

Game of Thrones actors have always strived towards creating a better sustainable future for our planet. How are you working towards saving our environment? Tell us in the comments below!