Take a ride from the conductor's chair on the Alaskan railroad.
Digital Exclusive: Ride the Alaskan Railroad
When living off grid in Alaska, getting simple things like water require a bit more work than just turning on your faucet.
Getting Water Off Grid
Fixing a train track in sub zero temperatures requires some creativity.
Setting the Track on Fire
Moose are very common creatures to see along the Alaskan railroad. Can the team avoid hitting one?
Dangerous Moose Crossing
The Alaskan railroad team must shoot down ice that has the potential to derail a train.
Shooting Down Giant Icicles
In Alaska, avalanches are common. Along a railroad, avalanches can be deadly.
Digital Exclusive: Avalanche Slide Zone
Melting ice can quickly create a mudslide and destroy large parts of the railroad.
Preventing a Mudslide
Following an elite crew of workers, Railroad Alaska illustrates the battle against ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep the State of Alaskas critical 500-mile long railroad rolling to deliver life-sustaining supplies.
As if staying warm in Alaska weren't hard enough, these residents must also ward off bears while trying to use the restroom in peace.
Shooting Bears on the Toilet
Conductor Harry Ross has worked on the railroad for over 40 years. Using his own money, he purchases and delivers newspapers to his friends, the off-gridders.
Digital Exclusive: Alaskan Newspaper Delivery
The Durr brothers have been off-gridders since the '70s, surviving multiple bear attacks.
Digital Exclusive: Bear Attacks
While living in the Alaskan wilderness, only having one hand makes things more difficult.
One-Handed Mountain Man
Moose like to use the train tracks to walk on because it is easier terrain, but it puts them in danger of being hit by a speeding train.
See Why Moose Are Constantly In Danger of Becoming Roadkill On the Alaskan Railroad
Jim and Nancy James are left without electricity when a porcupine eats through their generator cable. But, the ever resourceful Jim has a plan for the porcupine to pay for the damage.
Find Out How A Dead Porcupine Can Get You Some Serious Cash In Alaska
Nancy and Jim James face hungry bears emerging from hibernation as they trek to an abandoned cabin.
What Happens When A Bear Breaks Into Your Cabin?
The railroad police are called in when a 4-wheeled trespasser is stuck on the line ahead of the speeding train. Can they get it off the tracks in time?
Watch This Alaskan Train Barrel Down On an ATV Stuck On the Tracks