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Destination America takes on “Railroad Alaska”

U.S. cable network Destination America has tapped London-based Windfall Films to produce a character-driven ob-doc series on the crew who maintain Alaska's railroad.
November 6, 2013

U.S. cable network Destination America has tapped London-based Windfall Films to produce a character-driven ob-doc series on the crew who maintain Alaska’s railroad.

Railroad Alaska (pictured above) is a 6 x 60-minute series that follows the workers, including brake-men, engineers and drivers, who endure avalanches, blizzards, freezing temperatures and dangerous wildlife to keep the state of Alaska’s 650-mile long railroad running smoothly.

The series also looks at the people, removed from roads and towns, who rely on the railroad to get supplies and help.

The executive producers are Caroline Perez for Destination America and Carlo Massarella and David Dugan for Windfall Films. The series producer is Craig Blackhurst, and Gwyn Williams serves as producer and director.

“The railroad is critical to Alaska’s infrastructure, carrying vital resources around the state,” said Massarella, who is also Windfall’s company director. “The workers who risk their lives to make sure the trains can run, and the off-grid passengers who depend on its existence, are the stories we want to tell, and Destination America offers the perfect platform to do so.”

Railroad Alaska celebrates the romance of the railroad, which opened up opportunity and expansion in America,” added Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “The characters highlighted in the series are all sacrificing their own safety to provide Alaska’s present day homesteaders their versions of the American Dream.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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