Alaska railroading

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Thu Nov 14 13:48:09 EST 2013

And of course we all know that the Alaskan railroad was built by the 714th TBROS&DE in WWII?

Ed Svitil

Norfolk & Western Railway

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Subject: Alaska railroading
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:07:34 -0500
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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

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

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