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Railroad Alaska

Railroad Alaska

Photo Credit:  Destination America
  • Premiered: 
    November 16, 2013
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  • Network: Destination America
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: railroad, trains

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Plot Synopsis

This one-hour reality series follows Alaska's railroad workers, who battle ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep 650 miles of tracks open in The Last Frontier so trains can deliver supplies to off-grid settlers. The railroad crew works in miserable conditions, showing off their ingenuity and expertise to get the job done no matter what, because if the train doesn't get through, the locals don't get food, fuel or even get home. In the first season of RAILROAD ALASKA, the crew -- brakemen Danny Forsman and Lynn 'Animal' Reitz, roadmaster Hugh Evans, conductor Harry Ross, and one-handed handyman Jim James -- fix broken rails, clear avalanche debris, and face wild moose, as trains haul diesel for the Port of Seward, transport Nancy Wilson with supplies for her off-grid son John, and deliver an emergency generator to elderly homesteaders. RAILROAD ALASKA returned for its second season on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on Destination America. In the season opener, "Bear Attack," the freight crew struggle to make their delivery to a salvage crew stranded in the wilderness and Jim James returns from town with a huge surprise for his wife.
Season 3 of RAILROAD ALASKA premiered on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Destination America, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-10pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "Under Siege," a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of military hardware is on board, but a rogue gunman threatens to derail the journey. Off grid, Nancy and Jim face challenges during an ambitious cabin build.


  • - Alaska USA