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“Railroad Alaska” On ‘Destination America’ TV — A Must IF You Are A Train Buff (or Nut) Like Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I used to think that trains were in my blood. But, now I realize that that is unlikely since I was adopted. But, on my adopted mother’s side there was a lot of railway blood — my adopted mother’s father was a station master and her brother was a engine driver. So, given these connections, I have actually driven, i.e., hands on throttle, two diesel passenger trains and worked as a fireman on a steam train. I have lots of model train stuff — some that work some that don’t. I will always stop and look at a train. I read books about trains and have a fairly large collection of large books on trains. Yes, I am a confirmed train buff. Love trains.

So when I happened to see this program ‘Railroad Alaska‘ on the DirecTV electronic program guide I had to ‘DVR’ it to see what it was all about. We have watched Alaska-related programs during our 6 – 7 pm Family TV time. So I recorded this for family TV. During the first few minutes Teischan, who does like to watch Fast n’Loud & Northwoods Law, was not impressed. Then she was hooked. We watched a second episode yesterday.

It is fairly compelling. The scenery is breathtaking. Yes, I have been to Alaska — albeit just to Anchorage, on business! I would prefer to see more about the trains and technical details as opposed to the ‘human angle’. But, I appreciate that I am in the minority when it comes to that.

So, if you get ‘Destination America’ and you like trains or Alaska try and watch an episode or two.


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I like big, brawny engines — whether steam or diesel.
I, thanks to this show, am in awe of these engines.
They are brawny and visually appealing.

I had to go check them out.

They are EMD SD70 series engines.

A Picture Of GMTX 3105 GATX EMD GP 40 Locomotive In Concord, Sandwiched BETWEEN Concrete Freight Cars.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This is was quick shot. We had to stop at Bank of America in Concord. We were on the way to Concord Hospital for an¬†appointment. So Deanna wouldn’t let me run up to the train to get a proper picture.

What cracked me up was that the engine was sandwiched between concrete freight cars to the front and back. It works. It was cute. It was just doing shunting stuff.

GMTX 3105 GATX EMD GP 40

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