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Destination America preps real-time “Railroad” special

The U.S. cable net has lined up a 500-mile real-time train journey through the Alaskan countryside which is set to air over the American Thanksgiving holiday.
November 12, 2015

U.S. cable network Destination America has lined up a 500-mile real-time train journey through the Alaskan countryside which is set to air over the American Thanksgiving holiday.

Produced by Windfall Films, the scenic five-hour Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride will offer a “unique perspective from Alaska’s snowy and stunning lifeline” that shuttles supplies to off-the-grid homesteaders nestled along the Alaska Railroad – America’s last remaining full-service freight and passenger railroad.

The special, which marks Destination America’s first foray into the Slow TV genre, stems from the reality series Railroad Alaska (pictured), which chronicles the daily struggles of those who live along Alaska’s railway line. The series has been recommissioned for a third season and is set to debut on November 14 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Both Railroad Alaska and Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride are exec produced by Carlo Massarella and Jane McGoldrick, with Gwyn Williams series producing for Windfall Films. Caroline Perez exec produces for Destination America.

Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride premieres November 26 at 9 a.m. EST/PST.

“This seemed like a new way to extend the Railroad Alaska franchise so viewers could enjoy more of Alaska’s stunning scenery,” said Massarella, creative director and executive producer for Windfall Films, in a statement. “Real time is a great way to unwind and enjoy nature.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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