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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
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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