(Beverly Hills, Cal.) – Destination America becomes King in the North with the greenlight of new programming that celebrates the romance and roughness of life atop some of America’s highest altitudes. First, the newest addition to Destination America’s “Buying” franchise, BUYING THE ROCKIES (WT), features home-seekers looking to leave their lowland lodging behind and move on up to a mountain-top home of their dreams. The 10-episode first season of BUYING THE ROCKIES (WT) is slated to premiere this fall. Then, RAILROAD ALASKA returns for a second season chronicling everyday challenges faced by homesteaders living along Alaska’s critical 650-mile-long railroad and the elite crew of workers that must keep the train rolling to deliver life-sustaining supplies. RAILROAD ALASKA season 2 is on track to premiere 10 new episodes beginning this fall.
“It’s every American’s dream to buy a piece of what makes them happy, whether it’s a log cabin in the Rocky Mountains or a homestead haven in Alaska,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “In BUYING THE ROCKIES (WT) and RAILROAD ALASKA, viewers will discover that living in the wild is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.”
Every episode of BUYING THE ROCKIES (WT) sends potential homeowners on a rocky road trip to tour three properties. From grand log mansions built for entertaining to cozy, efficient cabins just big enough for two, each home boasts its own charm and challenges. Seclusion, stunning views, adventure sports, and life among the great outdoors are some of the interests that attract families to the Rockies, but facing life off the grid is a big decision. Mountain high or valley low, four-wheel drive is a necessity and life in the Rockies could mean giving up luxuries like electricity.
Celebrating hardworking Americans who literally put life and limb on the line, RAILROAD ALASKA chronicles one railroad crew’s mission to maintain Alaskans’ lifeline to precious supplies and help, because if the train doesn’t get though, locals won’t get food, fuel, or other crucial supplies. Homesteaders living miles from roads or towns and surrounded by wild animals – from bears to moose – can flag down the passenger train to get what they need. From supplying construction projects to purchasing everyday home goods, seemingly straight-forward tasks are a daunting endeavor for these off-gridders.
RAILROAD ALASKA is produced by Windfall Films with Carlo Massarella and David Dugan as executive producers and Tom Langan as series producer. For Destination America, Caroline Perez is executive producer, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health.
Pattie Coxey says
I enjoy the TV show Alaska Railroad and all of the off gridders as well.
I’d like to know what happened to the railroad crewmen Dennis and Animal?
I see some new faces and am saddened by the fact we won’t be seeing the 2 original railroad crewmen.
Please tell me what has happened to them and any way I can get in touch with them and all of the offgridders that were on last season!
It’s nice to continue to see how they all get along season to season.
One couple just had a baby. I was looking forward to seeing him growing up there.
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Mary Ann campbell-Wick says
My husband and I were featured briefly on the program. In the second season a completely new production team took over the show. Danny & Animal got a little big for their britches, and demanded a high fee for participating. Most folks to my knowledge did NOT receive financial compensation, so this was out of line for this small budget program. There are others who can drive the train!
This is a farce the new season some nut has come in and totally messed up a show that started out to be very interesting and enjoying to watch. Now just a bunch of made up drama. I’m watching last weeks show about the railroad hauling the military hardware to Fairbanks. The crew is having a hard time keeping a straight face delivering the lines to make big drama. If this is what it takes to have a new season of Railroad Alaska it would have be better to let it die. Bring back the Animal and his side kick! Bill
What happened to the female brake woman who crewed with Bill and George?
Joe Lonero says
Are there any plans to bring back “”Railroad Alaska”? I always enjoyed this program even though I got a little tired of hearing “We’ve gotta fix this before the train comes”. I really got to like the “off gridders”.