The opening scene to me did draw you into the film, and a sense of 'being there' waiting for the train. Everything from the general vista to the tumbleweed train station to the squeaky wind vane added to the anticipation, for me anyway.
They were only on for the opening scene, but Jack Elam, Woody Strode & Al Mullock (the scenes we saw him in before he sadly took his own life) were played with suitable menace.
"Looks like...looks like we're shy (of) one horse"
"You took two too many"