Alaska railroading

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Wed Nov 13 16:07:34 EST 2013

Off topic, but giving a suggestion of what winter railroading might be like on northern portions of the N&W/NS, the article below from the online Railway Age magazine announces a series of TV programs about the Alaska Railroad starting this coming Saturday, Nov. 16. Three clips are available using the link at the end of the article, and they give (after the obligatory ads, of course) a preview of what railroading is like in the extreme winter conditions in Alaska. You can find Destination America on you TV by clicking on the box in the upper right-hand of the linked home page.

Gordon Hamilton

Monday, November 11, 2013
Destination America: The Alaska Railroad
Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

The television network "Destination America," which is part of the Discovery Communications group of networks (TLC, Animal Planet, etc.), will be premiering a new series, "Railroad Alaska," on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Destination America describes the series:
"Following an elite crew of workers-brakemen, engineers, construction crews, mechanics and train drivers-Railroad Alaska illustrates the battle against ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep the State of Alaska's critical 500-mile long railroad rolling to deliver life sustaining supplies. From controlled avalanches to prevent catastrophe, to fascinating characters like Jim James, the one-handed handy man, learn what it takes to keep this train on track."

For a full schedule (each episode will be aired multiples times) and video clips from each episode, access Railroad Alaska's website.
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