The BEST Episodes of Railroad Alaska

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

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.

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#1 - Earthquake

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 13, 2014

A magnitude-4.2 earthquake threatens to bring the railroad to a standstill and derail a speeding freight train. Steve and Cassie Brosius race to build an emergency shelter to protect their young baby. Dave Weems’ nieces visit to sample life in Alaska.

star 7.85
40 votes
Trapped in Ice

#2 - Trapped in Ice

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 26, 2015

A freight crew racing towards Anchorage encounter an icy challenge as they dodge intruders on the track. In the wilderness, homesteaders team up to search for an abandoned cabin washed down stream and trapped in ice.

star 7.81
27 votes
Bear Attack

#3 - Bear Attack

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 25, 2014

With time running out, 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 Nancy.

star 7.79
47 votes
The Big Freeze

#4 - The Big Freeze

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 22, 2014

Jim and Nancy rush to make repairs before the cold Alaskan winter chases them out of their home. Off gridder Dan Mawhinney decides to sell his cabin, but first he must find a buyer. On the railroad, delays threaten to put the train behind schedule.

star 7.77
39 votes
Spring Attacks

#5 - Spring Attacks

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 21, 2013

With the spring thaw comes floodwater that threatens to wash away a section of track that Roadmaster Bruce must race to repair. The spring also means bears, which pose a danger to settlers Jim and Nancy as they make their way to the passenger train.

star 7.74
46 votes
Ice Hell

#6 - Ice Hell

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 29, 2014

A family faces down a threat to its food supply; a man makes a grueling 5-hour hike in the wilderness; an ice storm threatens to derail a scheduled freight train.

star 7.73
37 votes
Ice Attack

#7 - Ice Attack

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 20, 2014

star 7.73
37 votes
The Beast

#8 - The Beast

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 23, 2013

A devastating snowstorm blocks Alaska’s lifeline. Danny and Animal to bring out the Beast, a 67 ton snowplow - and race to clear the way for a freight train hauling vital diesel to Seward. And homesteaders, Mary and Clyde, need an emergency generator.

star 7.69
61 votes
A Bridge Too Far

#9 - A Bridge Too Far

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 6, 2014

A porcupine infestation threatens to leave Nancy and Jim without electricity. Dave Weems' city-living nieces hunt for their own supper. On the railroad, an emergency crew battles blocked bridges to make way for a shipment of valuable military equipment.

star 7.68
38 votes
The Dead Zone

#10 - The Dead Zone

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 5, 2015

A communications shutdown leaves a train hauling the biggest load ever moved on the Alaska Railroad hurtling towards a ‘dead zone’. Off-grid homesteaders tackle the challenge of living off the land in very different ways.

star 7.67
42 votes
Disaster Trail

#11 - Disaster Trail

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 7, 2013

Off the grid brothers, Steven and Jonathon, must fix a collapsing roof on their cabin before a life-threatening snowstorm. Brakemen, Danny and Animal, race to deliver military equipment to Anchorage when a car derails and threatens to shut down the line.

star 7.62
45 votes
Mountain Hell

#12 - Mountain Hell

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 12, 2015

The freight train battles north to make a crucial delivery, heading to the highest point on the Alaska Railroad; and off-the-grid, things get steamy as old-timers JT and Marvin build a traditional bath.

star 7.62
39 votes
Frozen Danger

#13 - Frozen Danger

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 16, 2013

Off-grid settlers Jim, Nancy and John face being stranded without basic necessities when an avalanche hits and blocks the track. Roadmaster Hugh Evans battles freezing temperatures to get propane to the off-gridders before they literally freeze to death.

star 7.56
73 votes
Train From Hell

#14 - Train From Hell

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 27, 2014

As spring arrives, people scramble to repair their cabins and homesteads; the freight team prepares for a cargo of explosives.

star 7.54
35 votes
Night From Hell

#15 - Night From Hell

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 28, 2015

After an accident, veteran off-gridder Jim James attempts to reach the hospital by train, but obstacles may put him in jeopardy. Elsewhere, the freight crew fights to open up a port in lockdown.

star 7.49
47 votes
Killer Ice

#16 - Killer Ice

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 30, 2013

When ice threatens to shut down the rails, pregnant off-gridder Amanda Simpson is left stranded while her friend seeks out supplies. Brakemen Danny and Animal must transport $5 million worth of freight to Anchorage, navigating a wild moose on the rails.

star 7.48
60 votes
Eye of the Storm

#17 - Eye of the Storm

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 21, 2015

In the woods Jim and Nancy James challenge a wannabe off grid couple, and Jennifer Hawks tries to find a missing settler. Meanwhile, the freight struggles to deliver a heavy load.

star 7.44
43 votes
Mountain Danger

#18 - Mountain Danger

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 2014

A homesteader races to airlift his stranded snow machine out of the frozen tundra; disaster strikes when a couple spends their first winter alone in the wilderness.

star 7.44
50 votes
Ice Dagger

#19 - Ice Dagger

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 14, 2013

A 20-ton icicle poses a dangerous problem; and a broken rail switch threatens to derail a train and prevent crucial medical supplies from getting through to homesteaders. Source: Destination America

star 7.42
48 votes
Avalanche Zone

#20 - Avalanche Zone

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 15, 2014

A couple must move their cabin away from a rapidly rising river; a leaky roof must be replaced before a storm; an avalanche threatens to derail a freight train.

star 7.37
41 votes
Ice Rescue

#21 - Ice Rescue

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 19, 2015

Tempers flare as an extremely heavy train leads to brake problems and a derailment leaves maintenance teams stranded. Off grid, homesteaders narrowly avert a fire but are left without heat.

star 7.35
37 votes
Under Siege

#22 - Under Siege

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 14, 2015

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.

star 7.30
47 votes
Collision Course

#23 - Collision Course

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 8, 2014

Freezing temperatures threaten a fresh water supply; J.T. Evans plans to bring a taste of the tropics to Alaska.

star 7.18
38 votes

#24 - Meltdown

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 2, 2016

In Alaska the spring thaw puts the railroad into meltdown mode and a freight train is stalled on the line's highest bridge – the infamous Hurricane Gulch.

star 7.17
30 votes