The BEST Episodes of Railroad Alaska
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Network: Destination America
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#7 - Ice Attack
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 20, 2014
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.