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Narrator: ON THE ALASKA RAILROAD,

THE RACE IS ON TO DELIVER

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT...

I THINK I SEE A CHAIN DRAGGING.

...WHILE A MASSIVE SNOWFALL...

...IS PUSHING RAIL CREWS TO THE EDGE.

COME ON! ANY SLOWER AND IT'D BE GOING IN REVERSE!

OFF-GRID...

YOU GET FROSTBITE REALLY QUICK.

...SUBFREEZING WEATHER MEANS REMOTE SETTLERS

ARE IN A STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE THE ELEMENTS.

THE DAMN ROCKS EXPLODE ON ME, I'M GONNA BE PISSED.

OH, NO. I DON'T LIKE THIS.

THAT DIDN'T REALLY WORK SO GOOD.

GET OUT OF THE WAY!

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CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

Narrator: FORT WHITTIER.

SURROUNDED BY ANCIENT GLACIERS,

THIS HUB IS WHERE CARGO FROM THE LOWER 48 IS LOADED.

FROM MILITARY GEAR TO FOOD,

THESE TRAINS DISTRIBUTE VITAL CARGO ACROSS ALASKA.

TODAY, FREIGHT CREW DAVY AND BILL

MUST HAUL A $7 MILLION LOAD

HUNDREDS OF MILES INTO THE NORTHERN WILDERNESS.

THEY'RE DELIVERING STEEL SUPPORTS FOR A NEW BRIDGE

BEING BUILT OVER THE RAILROAD.

IT'S A HEAVY LOAD,

AND HUGE SNOWFALL ACROSS THE STATE

WILL ONLY COMPLICATE THE MISSION.

Bivins: WE ALL GOT TO BE ON OUR TOES HERE.

AND THIS WEATHER AIN'T GETTING NO BETTER.

Registe: AIN'T GETTING NO BETTER, CAN ONLY GET WORSE.

THIS WET SNOW IS PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR AN AVALANCHE.

GONNA BE KIND OF HAIRY.

IT'S GONNA BE -- IT'S GONNA BE --

IT'S GONNA BE REALLY HAIRY.

REALLY HAIRY.

UH, BRAKES ARE OFF. AND THAT'LL DO IT.

THE TEAM MUST DRIVE THIS LOAD SOME 300 MILES NORTH

WHILE MAKING A STEEP ASCENT FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR

AT WHITTIER THROUGH FOOTHILLS PRONE TO AVALANCHES

AND UP INTO THE TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS

TO MAKE DELIVERY TO THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION SITE

NEAR BROAD PASS.

Bivins: YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN

TO GET THIS UP THERE.

THIS IS TO BUILD THE ROAD OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS.

AND ALL THE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT'S THERE.

THE PEOPLE ARE THERE -- THEY'RE JUST WAITING

FOR US TO GET THERE, SO, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO GET GOING.

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF THESE CLOTHES,

'CAUSE I'M, LIKE, REALLY WET.

I BET YOU'RE WET.

WE'RE AT 327. GOING AHEAD.

MAN, IT'S GONNA BE A REAL CHORE GETTING THIS GOING.

IT IS. IT'S HEAVY.

IT'S REAL HEAVY.

COME ON, BABY.

WHEELS ARE SLIPPING.

IT'S HOPPING UP AND DOWN. IT'S TRYING TO GET TRACTION.

IF YOU DON'T GET GOOD TRACTION,

WE AIN'T GONNA MAKE IT THROUGH THIS TUNNEL.

TWO INCHES OF SNOW ON THE RAILS --

THAT AIN'T HELPING THE MATTER ANY, EITHER.

WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT?

I THINK WE WILL.

OH, MAN!

YEAH.

NOW WE'RE JUST BASICALLY WIDE OPEN,

JUST WAITING FOR SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN.

WE'RE PULLING NOW.

Narrator: 370 MILES NORTH, OUTSIDE FERRY...

HA-HA!

TYLER AND ERIN DYNES AND THEIR TWO KIDS, KOA AND MO,

HAVE BEEN LIVING OFF-GRID FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

BUILT ON A REMOTE HILL 2,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL,

THEIR HOMESTEAD IS 10 MILES AWAY FROM THE NEAREST TOWN.

[ MOOSE LOWS ]

Erin: OUR FOOD IS ALL GROWN FROM OUR GARDENS.

WE HUNT IN THE FALL.

YOU KNOW, WE DEFINITELY HAVE

A VERY SELF-SUFFICIENT LIFESTYLE HERE.

Tyler: THE REASON I CHOSE THE OFF-GRID LIFE

IS THE FACT THAT WE CAN DICTATE OUR TIME.

THERE'S NO 9:00-TO-5:00.

EVERYDAY, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S OUR BASIC CHORES,

AND THAT'S WOOD, WATER, AND SCHOOLING.

BUT EVERYDAY, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS

WHERE IT KIND OF THROWS OUR DAY OUT OF WHACK.

Narrator: RAISING A FAMILY OFF-GRID HAS HUGE IMPACT

ON THE CHILDREN'S LIVES, AS WELL.

Erin: WE DON'T LIVE ON THE ROAD SYSTEM,

SO THERE'S NOT A SCHOOL CLOSE-BY FOR US TO GO TO.

HOMESCHOOLING FOR US IS A NECESSITY,

BUT ALSO IT'S SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE

THE DAY-TO-DAY CHORES THAT WE DO INTO THEIR LEARNING.

Koa: IT'S KIND OF HARD,

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY DRIVEN TO MAKE YOURSELF DO IT,

MAKE YOURSELF GET UP AND DO YOUR SCHOOL.

YOU HAVE TO DO CHORES AND SCHOOL.

YEAH, SO, IT'S HARD.

IF I WAS OFFERED TO MOVE TO A CITY AND GO TO SCHOOL AND STUFF,

I WOULD PROBABLY CHOOSE YES,

BECAUSE I LOVE THE FEEL OF CITIES.

THEY'RE SO, JUST ALIVE WITH ENERGY AND STUFF.

Erin: WE DO MOST OF THE SCHOOL IN THE LIVING ROOM.

WHEN IT'S COLD AND EVERYBODY'S JUST KIND OF CLUTTERED,

IT CAN BE DIFFICULT, TO SAY THE LEAST.

I'M GONNA NEED YOU GUYS TO SCOOT YOUR BOOKS OVER A LITTLE BIT,

'CAUSE I GOT TO PLANT A FLAT OF SEEDS.

SO, YOU GUYS NEED TO SCOOT.

THANKS. IT'S ALL IN MY SCHOOL BOOKS.

KOA GOING INTO HIGH SCHOOL NEXT YEAR,

SHE DEFINITELY NEEDS A SPACE TO GET AWAY

FROM THE CHAOS OF THE LIVING ROOM.

HEY!

SORRY.

Narrator: TO GIVE THEIR KIDS MORE STUDY SPACE,

THE DYNES HAVE HEARD ABOUT AN ABANDONED SCHOOL BUS

THAT THEY PLAN TO TRANSPORT TO THEIR HOMESTEAD.

AFTER A LONG TREK TO THE NEXT TOWN,

THEY SEE IT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Mo: IT'S NICE!

Tyler: I THINK THAT'LL WORK REALLY GOOD.

YEAH, IT WILL! THAT'S NICE.

Erin: IT'S JUST PERFECT.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY GONNA SUIT OUR NEEDS AMAZINGLY.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO GET IT UP TOWARDS THE HOUSE SO THAT

WE CAN MAKE KIND OF A MAKESHIFT SCHOOL-BUS HOUSE OUT OF IT.

Koa: CAN WE TAKE A LOOK INSIDE?

YEAH. LET'S GO TAKE A LOOK INSIDE, GUYS.

Mo: HOPEFULLY IT GETS UP TO THE HOUSE.

AND ONCE IT DOES, WE'RE GONNA HAVE PRIVACY.

IT'S GOING TO BE NICE.

I BET IT'S GONNA TURN OUT REALLY COOL, IN THE END.

LOOK AT THE SPACE IN HERE!

Mo: NICE!

Tyler: BEING THAT THE RAILROAD'S RIGHT THERE,

WE FIGURED THAT WE COULD HAVE A ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITY

TO GET IT ON THE TRACKS AND GET IT ACROSS TO FERRY.

Erin: WE DON'T KNOW IF THE BUS IS GONNA START.

IT'S BEEN SITTING HERE FOR A LONG TIME.

OBVIOUSLY, WE DON'T HAVE IDEAL CONDITIONS.

IF ONE THING GOES WRONG,

IT COULD REALLY BE A DISASTER

AS FAR AS GETTING THIS UP TO THE HOMESTEAD.

WELL, WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF CHOICE.

WE'RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO GO FOR IT.

Narrator: THE DYNES FAMILY NEED TO LOAD THE BUS

ONTO A FLATBED RAIL CAR

SO THE TRAIN CAN HAUL IT 11 MILES TO FERRY.

THEN THEY'LL HAVE TO DRIVE IT HALF A MILE UP A WINDING,

ICE-COVERED MOUNTAIN TRACK,

COMPLETE WITH A 30-FOOT SHEER DROP-OFF,

TO THEIR HOMESTEAD.

ALL RIGHT, TYLER. WORK YOUR MAGIC.

WELL, HERE GOES NOTHING.

[ CONSOLE BEEPING ]

[ ENGINE TURNS OVER ]

OH, HO!

OH, YEAH!

HIGH FIVE! IT'S GONNA WORK, YOU GUYS.

Tyler: BOY, SHE SOUNDS GOOD.

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!

BUT THE BRAKES AREN'T THAT GOOD,

SO WE'RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WITH IT.

YEAH.

YOU GETTING ANY BRAKE AT ALL?

BARELY.

UH...

BUT IT DOES HAVE A PARKING BRAKE.

GOT IT.

IN AN EMERGENCY.

Narrator: 150 MILES TO THE SOUTH,

IN THE TALKEETNA VALLEY...

THAT'S ENOUGH.

TRACK WORKER JOHN LUXFORD HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM.

HE HAS TO CLEAR OFF LAST NIGHT'S HEAVY SNOW

SO THE FREIGHT TRAIN CAN GET THROUGH.

PRETTY COLD. I THINK ABOUT ZERO DEGREES OUT HERE.

ALL THE, UH, SNOW'S REAL HARD.

LOT MORE LABOR-INTENSIVE WHEN IT'S COLD, YOU KNOW?

DIGGING OUT SWITCHES. DIGGING OUT THE RAIL.

Narrator: JOHN STEPS INTO HIS SNOW-CLEARING MACHINE

AND HEADS OFF TO CLEAR THE TRACKS.

WITH NEARLY 250 HORSEPOWER,

THIS MACHINE CAN PUSH THROUGH DRIFTS UP TO FIVE-FEET DEEP

AND CAN REACH A TOP SPEED OF 35 MILES PER HOUR,

ALLOWING IT TO CLEAR HUNDREDS OF TONS OF SNOW A MINUTE.

THE HEAVY SNOWFALL IS PUSHING JOHN'S MACHINE TO ITS LIMIT.

[ METAL CLUNKS ]

[BLEEP] [BLEEP] I'M ON THE GROUND.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Narrator: AFTER HEAVY SNOWFALL ACROSS ALASKA...

[BLEEP] I'M ON THE GROUND.

...ONE OF THE RAILROAD'S MOST CRUCIAL SNOW-CLEARING MACHINES

HAS DERAILED, BLOCKING THE MAINLINE...

WELL, AT LEAST MY ASS END'S ON.

MY FRONT'S OFF ABOUT THREE INCHES.

AND THERE'S A TRAIN COMING.

...AND DAVY AND BILL

ARE HEADING RIGHT TOWARDS THE BLOCKAGE.

BUT THEIR HAVING THEIR OWN STRUGGLES.

THE TRAIN'S ENGINES ARE MAXXED OUT,

PULLING THE 9,000-TON LOAD OF STEEL BRIDGE SUPPORTS

THROUGH THE WHITTIER TUNNEL.

TRYING TO PULL THIS TONNAGE UPHILL

IS CREATING ALL THIS ENERGY AND ALL THIS NOISE.

[ METAL SCREECHING ]

WHOO!

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

WE MADE IT! GOOD JOB, BILL.

IT'S NICE TO GET OUT OF THERE.

IT'S NICE TO GET OUT OF THERE.

IT ALWAYS IS NICE TO GET OUT OF THERE.

NOTHING'S SHIFTED. IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

Narrator: BACK UP NORTH,

JOHN RADIOS RAILROAD H.Q. IN ANCHORAGE FOR HELP.

CAR 24. TROUBLE ONE. OVER.

OPERATORS IN THIS COMMAND HUB KEEP CLOSE TRACK

OF HUNDREDS OF WORKERS AND MACHINES

ALONG 470 MILES OF RAIL.

A.R. TRAIN DISPATCHER IN ANCHORAGE

TO THE NORTH-BOUND FREIGHT.

BALLAST REGULATOR CLEANING OUT OF TALKEETNA

HAS BROKE DOWN ON THE MAIN LINE.

Looks to me like you're gonna get delayed.

UGH.

MAN...

Anticipate some delay. Over.

[ SIGHS ] JUST BAD, BAD, BAD, STUFF.

THAT DELAY RIGHT THERE IS GONNA KILL US.

I THINK WE'RE DONE FOR.

Narrator: NOT ONLY HAS JOHN DERAILED,

BUT ONE OF HIS MACHINE'S WINGS IS ALSO SMASHED.

YEAH, SOMETHING'S GOING ON WITH THIS WING.

I'M KIND OF STUCK RIGHT HERE.

CHRIS: Roger. Uh, we do have that train coming,

but I'll give R.C. and them a call.

THREE MILES DOWN THE TRACKS,

MECHANICS R.C. AND STEVE ARE THE CLOSEST RESPONSE TEAM.

MAN: Yeah, we got D.R., broke down.

We got a wing broke.

We got snow on the mains.

Can't move, and we have a train coming. Over.

Hupe: MAN. HOW FAR OUT IS THAT TRAIN?

About 30 minutes right now. Over.

ROGER. WE'RE HEADING THAT DIRECTION.

WE'LL GET THERE AS QUICK AS WE CAN. OVER.

[ REVERSE SIGNAL BEEPING ]

R.C.: MAN, THAT [BLEEP] SUCKS, MAN.

ACTUALLY, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S ABSOLUTE [BLEEP]

IS I'VE BEEN WORKING THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT 16-HOUR DAYS,

AND HERE I AM. I GOT TO GO FIX A [BLEEP] D.R.

BUT, HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

THAT'S WHAT WE GET PAID TO DO, MAN.

Narrator: 40 MILES AWAY TO THE SOUTH...

74-YEAR-OLD HOMESTEADER "CARVIN" MARVIN

HAS BEEN LIVING ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS FOR 45 YEARS.

Elving: I WORKED AS A CARICATURIST,

DID ILLUSTRATIONS FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES.

DROVE UP THE ALASKA HIGHWAY IN A 1953 PLYMOUTH.

LIVED IN THE BACKSEAT UNTIL I GOT GOING

WITH MY ARTWORK AND STUFF.

MY IDEA WAS TO COME UP AND DO WATERCOLORS

AND PAINTINGS, WHICH I DID.

BUT I FOUND OUT SOMETHING REAL QUICK.

IT'S EITHER TOO COLD OR THERE'S TOO MANY MOSQUITOS.

A LOT OF SURVIVAL SKILLS,

YOU SORT OF PICK UP FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLES

THAT ARE LIVING THERE.

THEN YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN.

I USE MY WOOD CARVINGS ESPECIALLY FOR TRADING.

FOR INSTANCE, ONE TIME I HAD A CARVING,

SO I TRADED FOR THE BICYCLES AND A CAN OF STEW.

AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT.

Narrator: EVEN AFTER ALMOST 50 YEARS IN THE BUSH,

EVERY DAY IS STILL A STRUGGLE JUST TO STAY ALIVE.

Elving: WE GET 10 FOOT OF SNOW, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE OUT THERE,

50 BELOW ZERO, HIGH WINDS, YOU CAN GET IN TROUBLE SO EASY.

YOU CAN GET FROSTBITE REALLY QUICK.

Narrator: MARVIN'S BATHROOM IS A COLD SHELTER INSIDE AN OLD R.V.

THIS IS HOW I BATHE MOST OF THE TIME.

SO, THEN I PUT IT IN THIS BUCKET ON TOP OF THE STOVE.

YOU WARM THE WATER UP, POUR WATER ON ME,

AND THEN YOU SPONGE DOWN WITH SOAP.

I GOT TO KEEP MYSELF CLEAN TO KEEP THE SCENT DOWN

TO KEEP THE ANIMALS AWAY,

'CAUSE THERE'S STUFF OUT THERE IN THE WOODS,

ESPECIALLY BEARS,

THAT MIGHT JUST HUNT YOU DOWN BECAUSE OF YOUR SCENT.

Narrator: TO MAKE SURE MARVIN IS THE HUNTER AND NOT THE HUNTED,

HE IS CREATING A STEAM BATH

BASED ON A NATIVE-AMERICAN DESIGN.

JUST LIKE A SAUNA,

WATER WILL BE POURED OVER HOT ROCKS TO MAKE STEAM.

MARVIN PLANS TO BUILD ONE FROM SAPLINGS AND AN OLD TARP.

YOU GOT TO STAY CLEAN. STEAM BATH'S THE ONLY WAY TO GO.

HEY, MARV!

Narrator: FELLOW OFFGRIDDER J.T. EVANS HAS COME TO HELP.

[ CHUCKLES ] HOW YOU DOING?

GOOD. GOOD, GOOD. DOGGONE IT.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

WE'RE GONNA BUILD OURSELVES A, UH --

A-A STEAM BATH AND TAKE A BATH.

[ CHUCKLES ] THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU.

YEAH.

IT PULLS THE DEVIL OUT OF YOU. YOU KNOW THAT, DON'T YOU?

HAVE YOU GOT A PLAN?

WE'RE GONNA BUILD SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

OH, MAN. YEAH.

BIRCH POLE CONNECTED TO A SPRUCE POLE,

AND WE USE OTHER PIECES OF GREEN BIRCH TO MAKE RIBS.

AND THEN WE COVER IT WITH A TARP.

AND THEN WE GOT TO GET SOME ROCKS

AND GET THEM UP TO A TEMPERATURE WHERE THEY'RE MAKE STEAM.

WE CAN'T STAND AROUND. SOMEBODY'S GOT TO MOVE.

SO, I'M GONNA START MOVING.

OH [BLEEP] LET ME GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THAT AX.

ALL RIGHT. LET'S GRAB THE 2x4s,

AND WE'LL DO TWO STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AND THEN ONE.

Narrator: IN HEALY, RAIL WORKERS RYAN AND BROOKS

ARE HELPING THE DYNES FAMILY LOAD THEIR BUS

UNTO A FLATBED CAR SO THEY CAN TRANSPORT IT TO THEIR TRAILHEAD.

YOU GUYS CAN PUT IT ON THE TRAIN?

BEST IF YOU CAN GET IT RUNNING AND DRIVE IT UP ONTO THE RAMP

OVER THERE, AND THEN, UH, WE'LL TIE IT DOWN.

SOUNDS GREAT. THANKS.

ALL RIGHT. PERFECT.

COOL.

Erin: OKAY.

[ SIGHS ]

Narrator: WITH DAMAGED BRAKES AND A FIVE-FOOT DROP-OFF,

TYLER HAS TO CAREFULLY GUIDE THE BUS UP THE RAMP.

GONNA HAVE TO GIVE A LITTLE JUICE.

OKAY.

STRAIGHTEN IT OUT A LITTLE BIT.

OKAY. COME. FORWARD.

LOOKING GOOD.

OKAY. KEEP COMING.

PERFECT. LOOKING GREAT.

OKAY. RIGHT THERE. STOP.

NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS TURN THE WHEELS

THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

WE'LL BACK UP AND TRY TO GET IT

A LITTLE BIT MORE CENTERED ON THE CAR.

Tyler: SO, I'D WANT TO GO CLOCKWISE?

COUNTERCLOCKWISE. OTHER WAY.

OTH-- OTHER WAY.

OTHER WAY. OKAY.

THERE YOU GO. ALL RIGHT.

STRAIGHT A LITTLE BIT.

STRAIGHT.

OKAY KEEP COMING. RIGHT THERE.

THAT'S GOOD. PERFECT.

Erin: RIGHT ON. RIGHT ON.

NICE SPOTTING, MAN.

YEAH. NICE DRIVING.

I SURE DO APPRECIATE IT, SIR.

ABSOLUTELY.

YOUR TRAIN WILL BE HERE QUICKLY, AND, UH,

WE'LL GET IT CHAINED DOWN, AND WE'LL GET IT TO FERRY.

Narrator: WHILE THE DYNES FAMILY SET OFF BY FOOT BACK TO FERRY,

RYAN AND BROOKS FINISH SECURING THE BUS TO THE RAILCAR.

Erin: STAGE ONE IS COMPLETE.

STEP TWO IS GETTING IT OFF THE RAILS IN FERRY

AND THEN UP TO THE HOMESTEAD.

Narrator: BUT WITH TWO STEEP, ICE-COVERED HILLS AHEAD OF THEM,

THE DYNES FAMILY LITERALLY HAVE A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Narrator: HIGH UP IN THE TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS...

THE FREEZING CONDITIONS HAVE PUT AVALANCHE INSPECTOR BRUCE GOUGH

AND DEPUTY CHRIS MOORE ON HIGH ALERT.

A LOT OF SNOW HERE IN THE LAST FOUR HOURS.

OH, THAT'S PRETTY DEEP HERE.

JUST THIS RIGHT HERE FELL TODAY.

YEAH, A GOOD 18-PLUS INCHES.

YEAH, EXACTLY.

THERE'S EVEN MORE SNOW UP AT HIGHER ELEVATION.

PROBABLY LOOKING AT A GOOD TWO FEET UP THERE ON TOP.

YEAH.

SO, I THINK WHAT WE SHOULD DO

IS RAISE THE AVALANCHE HAZARD RATING.

WITHOUT A DOUBT, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM.

[ REVERSE SIGNAL BEEPING ]

Gough: TODAY IS A DAY THAT I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT.

WE'VE GOT SNOW/RAIN MIX,

AND THE WIND'S STARTING TO KICK UP.

SO, MY AVALANCHE DANGER IS RISING QUITE A BIT RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: AVALANCHES ARE LETHAL MONSTERS.

THOUSANDS OF TONS OF SNOW CAN STORM DOWN THE MOUNTAIN,

ACCELERATING TO OVER 80 MILES AN HOUR WITHIN SECONDS.

THE OBLITERATE EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATH

AND CAN KNOCK A FULLY LOADED,

10,000-TON FREIGHT TRAIN CLEAN OFF THE TRACKS.

BRUCE'S AVALANCHE TEAM IS HARD AT WORK IN THE MOUNTAINS,

CLEARING SNOW BEFORE IT CAN START TO SLIDE.

BUT THE BITTER TEMPERATURES HAVE HIT THEM HARD.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LEAK. THAT LEAK THAT MADE US STOP.

ANDY PHILLIPS IS TRANSPORTING THIS AVALANCHE EXCAVATOR

RIGHT INTO THE HEART OF THE DANGER ZONE.

BUT IT'S BROKEN DOWN ON THE MAIN LINE.

OH, HERE IT IS.

GOT A MAIN-HOSE BREAK.

THIS MACHINE ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE.

IT IS STOPPED DEAD.

WE GOT TO GET THIS REPLACED. CALL A MECHANIC.

ANDY RADIOS IN TO MECHANIC JAMES CUFF,

NICKNAMED "THE CUFFCAKE," FOR URGENT HELP.

PHILLIPS: Yeah, 1356. James Cuff. Over.

CUFF. OVER.

EM-1'S COME TO A STOP.

I TOOK A LOOK AROUND THE MACHINE,

AND WE BLEW A HOSE TO THE -- THE MAIN DRIVE MOTOR. OVER.

All right. I'll see you in a bit.

OUT. I BETTER GET GOING.

ANYTIME YOU GO DOWN ON A MAIN, IT'S ALWAYS A BIG DEAL.

YOU CALL THE CUFFCAKE, IT'S GONNA GET DONE IN RECORD TIME.

Narrator: THE CUFFCAKE NEEDS TO CREATE A MAKESHIFT AIR HOSE FROM SCRATCH.

BUT THERE'S NO TIME TO TEST IT.

IT'S NUMBER 12. SAME-Y, SAME-Y.

I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

ALL RIGHT. GOT THE HOSE.

WE'RE GOOD TO GO.

[ ENGINE TURNS OVER ]

YOU CAN'T JUST GO TO ANY PLACE TO GET ONE OF THESE.

THIS IS A HIGH-PRESSURE HOSE.

WE'RE GONNA SEE IF IT'S GONNA HOLD THE PRESSURE THAT IT NEEDS.

HOPEFULLY, THEY MADE THE PART IN A HALF-HOUR

AND GET BACK UP HERE.

IF THEY DON'T GET BACK UP HERE IN TIME,

WE'RE GONNA HOLD UP THE TRAIN, AND WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.

Narrator: WITH DAVY AND BILL'S FREIGHT TRAIN

CARRYING THE STEEL BRIDGE SUPPORTS

ONLY FIVE MILES BEHIND HIM,

THE CUFFCAKE HAS NO TIME TO LOSE.

JUST OUTSIDE FERRY, AFTER THEIR TREK,

THE DYNES FAMILY HAVE ARRIVED TRACK-SIDE

TO TAKE DELIVERY OF THEIR SCHOOL BUS,

WHICH HAS HITCHED A RIDE ON A PASSING COAL TRAIN.

BUT GETTING IT UP TO THEIR HOMESTEAD

WILL BE A HAZARDOUS JOURNEY.

Tyler: THIS IS THE BIG HILL THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT.

THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO WOULD BE THAT WE ROLL DOWN

AND HIT THE TRACKS OR IF A TRAIN'S COMING.

SO, WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE IT UP IN ONE SHOT.

ALL RIGHT. WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE UNHOOKED.

Erin: THANK YOU, SIR! GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD.

Narrator: WITH THE BUS UNLOADED, THEY'RE NOW COMPLETELY ON THEIR OWN.

WITHOUT BRAKES, DAD HAS SUCH MINIMAL CONTROL OVER IT.

SO, YOU GUYS REALLY NEED TO JUST STAND BACK.

LAST THING WE WANT IS TO HIT YOU WITH YOUR OWN SCHOOL BUS.

[ CHUCKLES ] THAT WOULD BE BAD.

YEAH. I'M REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT THE BRAKES HERE,

BECAUSE IF I HAVE TO GIVE IT SOME GAS,

I DON'T KNOW IF I'D BE ABLE TO STOP.

IT MIGHT ROLL OFF THE CAR.

JUST PUT HER IN GEAR AND LET HER ROLL.

[ ENGINE TURNS OVER ]

VROOM.

NOW I'M GONNA TAKE THE BUS OFF THE TRAIN CAR.

I'M STARTING TO GET THESE BUTTERFLIES.

STARTING TO GET A LITTLE NERVOUS.

GETTING IT OFF HERE IS GONNA BE TRICKY.

CHECK THIS OTHER SIDE.

AM I ON?

YEAH. YOU'RE ALL LINED UP.

OKAY. LOOK OUT!

Narrator: OUTSIDE CURRY, MECHANICS R.C. AND STEVE

MAKE IT TO JOHN'S DERAILED SNOW-CLEARING MACHINE

THAT'S BLOCKING THE MAIN LINE.

ALL RIGHT. WE'RE THERE. QUICK WORK, MAN.

LET'S GET THE [BLEEP] OUT. GO SEE. GO SEE.

WHAT'S UP, JOHN?

Luxford: HEY, I BROKE A PIN

ON MY, UH -- ON MY WING HERE.

NO UP/DOWN, EITHER.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, WE'LL GRAB THE PIN OUT OF THE TRUCK.

WE'LL GO AHEAD, STAB IT IN.

WHILE R.C. AND STEVE REPLACE A NEW PIN TO REPAIR THE WING,

THE FREIGHT TRAIN CARRYING THE MASSIVE STEEL SUPPORTS

IS JUST 30 MINUTES AWAY AND MOVING FAST.

THERE'S NO TIME TO LOSE.

COME ON! ANY SLOWER AND IT'D BE [BLEEP] GOING IN REVERSE!

WHAT THE [BLEEP]?!

NEED THE HAMMER, MAN!

HERE, SORRY.

[ GRUNTS ]

WE CAN'T HAVE A TRAIN COME BY RIGHT NOW.

WE GOT TO GET THIS FIXED SO WE CAN WING IT BACK OUT.

HURRY UP.

GET THIS WING PUSHED OUT, HUH?

[ GRUNTS ]

THAT'S GOOD.

HEAVY SON OF A BITCH.

Hupe: IT'S VERY COLD RIGHT NOW,

AND IT'S REALLY STRESSFUL ON THE BODY WHEN YOU GET OUT HERE.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO DO OUR JOB AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'RE WORRYING A LOT

ABOUT THAT TRAIN COMING UP,

'CAUSE WE DON'T WANT A TRAIN CRASHING INTO THE BACK OF US

WHILE WE'RE HERE WORKING.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Narrator: DEEP OFF GRID IN ALASKA,

HOMESTEADER MARVIN AND J.T.

HAVE STARTED WORK BUILDING THEIR VERSION

OF A NATIVE-AMERICAN STEAM BATH.

THIS IS A YOUNG MAN'S JOB.

Evans: I CONSIDER MYSELF YOUNG.

WE'RE TWO OF THE OLDEST GUYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I'D LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THESE YOUNG MEN

TRY TO KEEP UP WITH ME.

HOW'S THAT LOOK TO YOU?

LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

YOU WANT IT HIGHER?

JUST A LITTLE BIT.

OKAY. GOTCHA.

ALL RIGHT.

GET UP THERE AND TIE THAT BABY OFF.

THANKS FOR HELPING ME.

YEAH, MAN. NO PROBLEM.

I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE,

'CAUSE I'M NOT GONNA GET HYPOTHERMIA NOW.

ONCE WE GET THESE OTHERS IN THERE AND GET THEM TIED,

IT'LL STABILIZE IT. YOU KNOW THAT I'M SAYING?

YEAH. YEP.

THAT'S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT, MARV.

YEAH, WE'RE ABOUT READY

TO SEND THE WORD OUT TO THE NEIGHBORS.

SAUNA TIME.

I'M GONNA GO GET A COUPLE MORE SAPLINGS

SO WE CAN FINISH THIS THING OFF WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

OKAY, MARV. I'M GONNA JUST KEEP ON PUNCHING AWAY.

A BEAVER WOULD CHEW THIS DOWN IN ONE MINUTE.

THEN YOU JUST SORT OF BREAK IT DOWN.

YOU MUST BE GETTING TIRED.

NO, MAN.

HELL, I'M READY TO TAKE A DAMN SAUNA.

THIS WOULD BE A BUSH SURVIVAL DESIGN.

YOU GOT TO MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO.

IN ALASKA, YOU KNOW, EVERY DAY IS SOME KIND OF ADVENTURE.

OH, YEAH.

YOU'RE STILL LEARNING, NO MATTER WHAT.

NOW, THIS IS AN ADVENTURE FOR ME.

YOU NEED SOME HELP ON THAT TARP?

IT'S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE SOMETHING.

OH, MAN. WE'RE MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

IT'S ALREADY BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO PEOPLE TO SLEEP IN IT.

YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO INSINUATE

THAT WE'RE GONNA BED OUT IN THIS THING, ARE YOU?

I'M NOT THAT KIND OF GUY, YOU KNOW? [CHUCKLES]

ALL RIGHT, MAN. I JUST WONDERED.

[ BELCHES ]

Narrator: IN THE TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS,

ANDY'S BROKEN-DOWN AVALANCHE EXCAVATOR

IS BLOCKING THE MAIN LINE.

I'M JUST WAITING FOR THE MECHANIC TO COME.

TIME'S GETTING SHORT.

SNOW'S COMING DOWN EVEN HARDER NOW.

[ MACHINE WHIRRING ]

IN THE VALLEY BELOW,

THE CUFFCAKE IS MAKING HIS WAY TO ANDY

WITH THE NEW REPLACEMENT PART TO FIX THE MACHINE.

BUT IN ALASKA, YOU CAN NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN.

I JUST CAME FROM UP THERE AND LOOKED AT THE AVALANCHE PATH.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S BUILDING UP A LITTLE BIT NOW.

ALL RIGHT.

I BROUGHT YOU AN AVALANCHE BEACON.

ALL RIGHT.

AND MAKE SURE

THAT YOU CALL ME ON THE OTHER SIDE, OKAY?

I WILL.

ALL RIGHT. SEE YOU.

LATER.

Gough: ANYTIME WE RAISE THE AVALANCHE HAZARD RATING,

WE'RE REQUIRED TO WEAR OUR AVALANCHE BEACONS.

IF HE'S WEARING A BEACON, THEN HE'S TRANSMITTING A SIGNAL,

AND WE CAN ZERO IN ON HIM AND GET HIM OUT OF THERE.

DURING THE WINTERTIME, IT CAN BE REALLY TREACHEROUS.

RIGHT UP AROUND THE CORNER HERE IS WHERE WE HAD AN AVALANCHE

COME DOWN AND TOOK OUT THE TRAIN A COUPLE YEARS AGO

WITH A WHOLE LOAD OF LUMBER.

Narrator: THOUGH THERE WERE NO FATALITIES TO THE FREIGHT CREW,

THE RISK OF AVALANCHE IS CONSTANT.

THE CUFFCAKE MAINTAINS RADIO CONTACT WITH BRUCE GOUGH

THROUGHOUT HIS JOURNEY.

THIS RIGHT HERE IS A SLIDE ZONE.

IF ENOUGH SNOW'S UP THERE,

IT CAN RUN RIGHT OVER THE TRACKS AND ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE.

AND IF YOU'RE IN IT WHEN IT COMES DOWN,

WE'RE GONNA BE [BLEEP]

IN FERRY, TYLER AND ERIN DYNES

ARE GEARING UP TO DRIVE THEIR BUS FROM THEIR TRAILHEAD

UP THE ICE-COVERED TRAILS TO THEIR HOMESTEAD

HIGH UP IN THE MOUNTAINS.

LET'S JUST GIVE IT A SHOT.

BE CAREFUL.

I WILL.

OKAY. LOOK OUT!

HOT DOG! HERE SHE GOES!

WHOO. IT'S EXCITING!

OH, NO. I DON'T LIKE THIS.

NO.

UH-OH.

[BLEEP]

HE DIDN'T MAKE IT.

MAYBE IF HE GETS A BIGGER RUN AT IT.

THAT DIDN'T REALLY WORK SO GOOD, DID IT?

IT SEEMS TO WANT TO SLIP OUT.

IT'S JUST ICE.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO, WHEN IT DOUBT,

THROTTLE OUT AND JUST GO FOR IT. WE HAVE NO OTHER OPTION.

WE GOT TO GET THIS UP TO THE HOUSE BEFORE THE TRAIL GOES OUT.

OTHERWISE, IT'LL SIT DOWN HERE IN FERRY FOR ANOTHER YEAR.

HOPEFULLY, WE DON'T END UP SLIDING OFF THE CLIFF.

Narrator: IN CURRY, MECHANICS R.C. AND STEVE

ARE FRANTIC TO FIX AND POWER UP JOHN'S SNOW-CLEARING MACHINE.

R.C.: THIS PIN SHEARED IN HALF.

SO I'M PUTTING IN THE RIGHT PARTS TO GET THE JOB DONE.

WHILE R.C. AND STEVE WORK ON THE WING,

ENGINEERS STACY AND DOUG ARRIVE TO HELP

JACK THE MASSIVE 25-TON BRUTE BACK ONTO THE TRACKS.

WE'RE GONNA JACK THE WHOLE FRONT OF THE MACHINE THAT WAY.

ALL RIGHT. HERE WE GO.

[BLEEP] A LOT OF PRESSURE ON IT.

ANYTIME YOU'RE AROUND A SWITCH AND YOU'RE GOT DOWN PRESSURE

ON A REGULATOR WING OR A PLOW,

THE ODDS OF DERAILING ARE PRETTY HIGH.

Luxford: ONLY GOT ABOUT 10 MINUTES,

AND I GOT TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE.

Narrator: THE 9,000-TON TRAIN

WITH ITS LOAD OF STEEL BRIDGE SUPPORTS

IS JUST 10 MINUTES AWAY.

Chris: A.R. TRAIN DISPATCHER IN ANCHORAGE.

THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN

TRYING TO GET THIS THING FIXED AHEAD OF YOU. OVER.

HEY, TRAIN'S TWO MILES OUT, GUYS.

WE GOT NO TIME! NO TIME!

START PULLING THAT BOTTOM PANEL OUT RIGHT THERE, BUD.

SEE IF WE GOT SOME BAD WIRING IN HERE,

MAYBE SOMETHING COME LOOSE.

YEAH. WE ONLY GOT TWO RELAYS LIT UP RIGHT NOW.

SHOULD HAVE THREE.

[BLEEP]

EVERYTHING'S LOOKING PRETTY TIGHT RIGHT NOW.

LET ME CHECK THE HARNESS OUTSIDE.

MAYBE THE HARNESS IS [BLEEP]

Narrator: THE HARNESS DISTRIBUTES POWER

FROM THE ONBOARD GENERATOR TO EVERY PART OF THE MACHINE.

Luxford: HOW MANY LIGHTS YOU GOT?

ONLY GOT THREE LIGHTS THERE.

YEAH. I LOOKED LIKE THE HARNESS WAS MESSED UP.

PUSH THAT RELAY IN. SEE IF IT WORKS NOW.

OH. THERE WE GO. IT WORKS.

Narrator: WITH THE ELECTRICS FIXED,

THE PRESSURE IS ON TO GET THE MACHINE RE-RAILED

BEFORE THE FREIGHT TRAIN IS ON TOP OF THEM.

NOTHING CAN STOP THIS CRUCIAL LOAD.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ BELCHES ]

DEEP OFF GRID, WITH THE STRUCTURE BUILT

FOR THEIR NATIVE-AMERICAN-INSPIRED SAUNA,

HOMESTEADERS J.T. AND MARVIN NEED TO CREATE STEAM FOR IT.

Elving: WE'RE GONNA HEAT UP THE ROCKS.

I'M STARTING A FIRE.

YEP.

COME ON, BABY! START!

DON'T MAKE A LYING FOOL OUT OF ME!

I'LL GO GET SOME MORE WOOD.

WELL, SEE THIS PIECE RIGHT HERE?

YEAH.

DOESN'T THAT LOOK LIKE A DUCK'S HEAD?

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE GETTING RID OF THINGS

THAT YOU CAN CARVE ON. [ LAUGHS ]

Elving: LITTLE FIRE LOOK LIKE IT'S STARTING TO GO PRETTY GOOD.

OH, HELL, YEAH. THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD, MARV.

GET THEM ROCKS.

HEAT THEM BABIES UP, PUT THEM INSIDE THAT THING,

AND THROW A LITTLE WATER ON THEM, WE GOT US A STEAM BATH.

SOMETIMES, YOU GET ROCKS THAT WANT TO BLOW UP.

YEAH.

'CAUSE THERE'S SOME KIND OF --

IT'S EITHER MOISTURE OR OIL IN IT.

BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE, MAYBE KNOCK OUT YOUR EYEBALL.

I'M GONNA STEP BACK IN CASE THAT THING BLOWS.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

I CAN GO MORE, JOHN.

Narrator: OUTSIDE CURRY, TRACK WORKERS STACY AND DOUG

RACE TO JACK THE SNOW-CLEARING MACHINE BACK ONTO THE RAILS.

YOU'RE ON.

YEAH.

GOT YOU BACK ON THE RAIL AGAIN, BUDDY.

Luxford: YEAH, YEAH. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

THAT'S BETTER THAN AAA.

Stacy: YOU PUT A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT LIKE THIS ON THE GROUND,

YOU CAN BE STICKING TRAINS FOR HOURS ON END.

WE GOT OUR JACKS OUT AND PUT SOME MUSCLE INTO IT,

AND FIVE MINUTES LATER, WE'RE BACK ON THE RAIL.

HERE WE GO.

Narrator: AND WITH THE ELECTRICS WORKING

AND THE WING BACK IN OPERATION,

R.C. AND STEVE HAVE ALSO COMPLETED THEIR MISSION.

Hupe: YEAH, YEAH. WE GOT IT NOW.

Luxford: HERE WE GO.

R.C.: LET'S GET OUT OF HERE. WE GOT A TRAIN COMING.

IT'S WORKING GOOD NOW -- LIKE IT'S SUPPOSED TO.

WE'LL MOVE SOME DAMN SNOW.

Hupe: ME AND R.C. -- WE'RE THE A-TEAM AROUND HERE.

IT'S GOOD WORKING WITH HIM,

BECAUSE WE CAN RELY ON EACH OTHER

AND WE GOT EACH OTHER'S BACKS

AND WE KNOW WE CAN HANDLE ANYTHING THAT WE GET.

I GOT SPANKY OVER THERE THAT I ALWAYS HAVE TO BABYSIT,

WIPE HIS BUTT FOR HIM, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU KNOW, WE GET THE JOB DONE.

THAT'S WHAT MATTERS.

Chris: A.R. TRAIN DISPATCHER IN ANCHORAGE.

NORTH-BOUND FREIGHT, MECHANICAL GOT THE JOB DONE.

YOU GUYS CAN GO AHEAD AND ROLL ON.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Narrator: WITH THE TRACKS FINALLY CLEAR,

THE FREIGHT TRAIN ACCELERATES NORTH

TOWARDS THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION SITE.

Bivins: GOOD THING HE GOT IT CLEARED UP AND FIXED BEFORE WE GOT THERE.

WE DIDN'T HAVE TO STOP, AND THAT'S THE MAIN THING.

WE GOT TO KEEP THE WHEELS TURNING,

KEEP THE TRAIN MOVING, AND THAT'S OUR MAIN GOAL.

HE GOT HIS WORK DONE, AND NOW WE'RE ON OUR WAY.

Narrator: BACK IN FERRY...

LET'S GO DO THIS, GUYS.

...TYLER DYNES IS GUNNING THE FAMILY'S NEW SCHOOL BUS

UP THE ICY PASS TO THEIR HOMESTEAD.

BUT WITH WEAK BRAKES AND ENGINE TROUBLE,

THERE'S NO ROOM FOR ERROR.

IF IT STALLS OUT ON THE HILL,

WE'RE UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE.

OKAY.

[ ENGINE REVVING ]

WHOOP-WHOOP!

GO! THERE'S THE ICIEST PART.

OH [BLEEP]

I THINK HE'S GOT IT.

WHOOP-WHOOP!

HE MADE IT.

AWESOME.

ONE HILL DOWN. ONE HILL TO GO.

THE FIRST HILL WAS REALLY SKETCHY.

I MEAN, I GOT A REALLY NICE RUN AT IT.

THIS ONE, I CAN'T GET MUCH OF A RUN BECAUSE IT'S A CURVE.

SO, WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE ANY CHANCES,

AND WE'RE GONNA SAND IT.

Koa: IT'S COLD.

AND I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE TIRED, BUT WE'RE HALFWAY THERE.

IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY.

I DON'T THINK THE SAND'S GONNA HELP, THOUGH.

I MEAN, I'M AFRAID THAT WE'RE GONNA RUN INTO THE TREES,

AND IF WE GET THIS BUS STUCK,

IT'S NOT COMING OUT TILL A LONG TIME.

SO, THE BEST I CAN DO IS JUST GIVE IT A SHOT

AND SEE HOW IT GOES.

BE CAREFUL.

GET OUT OF THE WAY!

KIDS, GET OUT OF THE WAY!

GET OUT OF THE WAY!

[BLEEP]

[ LAUGHS ]

HILL NUMBER TWO -- DOWN!

[BLEEP]

GOOD JOB!

RIGHT ON.

AND MAYBE JUST ANOTHER FOOT.

AND YOU'RE HOME.

I LIKE IT.

YOU DID GOOD, BABY.

GOES UP BETTER THAN MY PICKUP.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT WE ACTUALLY GOT IT UP HERE.

I THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA WRECK ON THE BIG HILL,

BUT WE ACTUALLY DID IT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS SPOT, KOA?

I LIKE IT.

HIGH FIVES.

GOOD JOB.

Narrator: HEADING UP TO BROAD PASS,

IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR BILL AND DAVY

TO DELIVER THEIR $7 MILLION CARGO OF STEEL BRIDGE SUPPORTS

ON TIME AS JUST 20 MILES AHEAD OF THE FREIGHT TRAIN,

ANDY'S AVALANCHE EXCAVATOR IS STILL DEAD ON THE TRACKS.

COME ON. WHERE ARE YOU?

[BLEEP] I HOPE HE HURRIES UP.

LOOK AT THAT SNOW COMING DOWN. GETTING HEAVIER, TOO.

THAT'S NOT GOOD.

THE CUFFCAKE'S ON HIS WAY, AND THERE'S NO TIME TO SPARE.

CUFF TO BRUCE. OVER.

A.R. BRUCE. OVER.

JUST EXITING SLIDE ZONE AT THIS TIME. OVER.

All right, James. Good deal.

YOU'RE SAVING THE DAY, MAN. THAT WAS QUICK TIME.

Let's get up there and get 'er done. Over.

ROGER.

THERE'S THE EM-1.

BROKE DOWN.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY, I GOT IT, BUDDY.

ALL RIGHT!

YOU GOT CUFFCAKE ON THE JOB.

[ CHUCKLES ] THAT'S RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT. LET'S GO PUT THAT ON.

FORTUNATELY FOR US, I GOT ALL THE [BLEEP] TO DO THIS.

HOPE IT'S GONNA FIT.

James: DUNNO.

[ CHUCKLES ] MAYBE.

MAYBE.

SNUG, BUT GOOD ENOUGH.

WELL, LET'S FIRE IT UP.

ALL RIGHT.

[ ENGINE TURNS OVER ]

ALL RIGHT.

FEELS GOOD.

NOW AS LONG AS IT DON'T LEAK,

WE CAN GET HIM OFF THE HILL AND THE TRAIN CAN COME.

LIFE IS GOOD.

WE SHOULD GET OUT OF HERE.

YEAH. WE NEED TO GET GOING.

YEAH, WE GOT GOOD NEWS.

WE GOT THAT PART ON

AND EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE RUNNING FINE.

WE'RE GONNA BE ON OUR WAY.

Chris: A.R. TRAIN DISPATCH FOR ANCHORAGE. NORTH-BOUND FREIGHT,

Good news. Track's clear. Over.

YEAH! LET'S HIGH BALL.

Registe: LET'S DO IT!

Registe: HEY, BILL.

Bivins: HEY!

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

LOVELY WEATHER WE'RE HAVING!

WHEN YOU COME TO THE RAILROAD, YOU GET TO SEE AWESOME VIEWS.

WE GET PAID TO SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

AND WE GOT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, AS WELL.

SO, WHEN YOU COME TO THE RAILROAD,

YOU GET TO SEE US AND ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY.

NO. I'M JUST --

[ LAUGHTER ]

YEAH.

ME, MYSELF -- I MEAN, I-I GET MANICURES.

I, UH, GET PEDICURES. LOOK AT THESE EYEBROWS.

I GET THEM DONE.

DO YOU?

I DO, MAN!

YOU THINK I LOOK LIKE THIS NATURALLY?

THAT'S NOT NATURAL?

YOU JUST DON'T WAKE UP LOOKING LIKE THAT.

YOU PUT IN THE TIME AND THE EFFORT, DON'T YOU?

MAN!

I THINK I SEE A CHAIN DRAGGING.

DEFINITELY A CHAIN. IT'S DRAGGING.

YEAH. WE NEED TO STOP.

[BLEEP]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

MAN! I THINK I SEE A CHAIN DRAGGING.

Narrator: ALREADY BEHIND SCHEDULE FOR DELIVERY,

BILL AND DAVY'S 9,000-TON LOAD OF STEEL BRIDGE SUPPORTS

IS AT GREAT RISK OF NOT BEING DELIVERED AT ALL.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO BE SCREWING AROUND TOO LONG,

SO GET THAT CHAIN TIED UP SOMEHOW,

AND, UH, LET'S GET GOING AGAIN.

SOMETHING HAPPENED. IT COULD BE A LOAD BREAKING FREE.

SO, THAT IS DRAGGING ON THE GROUND.

THIS COULD HAVE WENT UNDERNEATH THE WHEEL OR IT COULD HAVE HIT

A SWITCH, COULD HAVE HIT A BRIDGE, WHICH MOVED THE CAR,

CAUSED THESE LOADS TO SHIFT. MAJOR CATASTROPHE.

Time is money. We got to get going.

I'M LATCHING IT HERE IN THESE GROOVES,

AND I'M GONNA GET BACK ON THE ROAD.

WE GOT TO GO.

ALL RIGHT. I CHECKED THE LOAD.

I'M ON MY WAY BACK.

THE LOAD HAS BEEN RE-SECURED.

LET'S GO, MAN. WE GOT TO ROLL.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

THINK YOU CAN, UH, MAKE UP ANY TIME?

I CAN'T REALLY MAKE UP A LOT OF TIME.

THEY WILL NEED TO UNLOAD THESE CARS.

WE NEED TO GET THESE CARS UP THERE.

HOPEFULLY, NOTHING ELSE IS GONNA GET IN OUR WAY.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Evans: I'M GONNA STEP BACK IN CASE THAT THING BLOWS.

Narrator: 100 MILES DOWN THE TRACKS,

J.T. AND MARVIN HEAT ROCKS TO HELP CREATE STEAM

FOR THEIR HOMEMADE SAUNA.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE THEY HOT?

YES, SIR. WHOA!

THAT ONE THERE WAS HOT, BOY, I GUARANTEE YOU.

I FELT IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS LEATHER GLOVE.

I THINK THEY'RE GONNA BE WARM ENOUGH, MAN,

TO DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH THEM.

OH, YEAH.

I CAN FEEL THE HEAT OUT OF THEM ALREADY.

COMING OFF THEM THINGS RIGHT NOW.

I'M GONNA TAKE MY SHIRT AND STUFF OFF BEFORE I GET IN THERE.

YEAH.

THEY WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF MAN [BLEEP] SHOWING,

SO I'M GONNA GIVE IT TO THEM.

SEE THERE, GIRLS?

Elving: [ LAUGHS ]

Evans: HERE. LET ME HAVE THE SNOW, AND I'LL SET IT IN HERE.

AND I'LL GET IN HERE. I'M READY.

IF THEM ROCKS EXPLODE ON ME,

I'M GONNA BE PISSED. [CHUCKLES]

OKAY, MAN.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD SUCH A WOOLLY CHEST.

OH, YEAH.

MY LITTLE OL' PATCH OF HAIR AIN'T [BLEEP]

OKAY. LET'S SEE IF THIS THING WORKS.

OKAY, MAN.

[ SIZZLING ]

OH, GOD!

LET ME DO IT.

OH, I LOVE IT!

OH, MAN. THIS IS NICE, MARV.

YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WORKS.

LET'S SHUT THE DOOR TO KEEP THE STEAM IN.

YOU WANT TO?

-YEAH. -OKAY.

OH, YEAH!

HOLY CRAP!

HOLY CRAP! IT IS WARM!

[ LAUGHS ]

OH, DAMN.

TELL ME A STORY THAT I WANT TO HEAR

ABOUT THE GREAT MOUNTAIN MEN FROM ALASKA OUT HERE.

[ LAUGHS ]

THEY'RE BOTH GETTING CLEAN FOR THE NIGHT ON THE TOWN.

[ LAUGHS ]

[ LAUGHS ]

WE MADE A WORKABLE DAMN STEAM HOUSE, OLD MAN.

YEAH. NOW WE CAN GO HUNTING.

EVERYTHING WE DID TODAY WAS PERFECT.

HE'S GONNA ENJOY THAT HOTHOUSE.

IT'S GONNA BE A WORKABLE THING FOR A LONG TIME,

AND IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW TO BUILD A BETTER ONE.

THANKS TO J.T., WE'RE GONNA BE SAFER AND WARMER IN ALASKA.

AND CLEANER.

AT THEIR HOMESTEAD,

TYLER AND ERIN ARE TRANSFORMING THEIR NEWLY ACQUIRED BUS

FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

Tyler: WE'LL START MAKING YOU GUYS A SCHOOLHOUSE.

Erin: WELL, IT'S BEEN A VERY LONG DAY,

BUT WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER AS A TEAM,

AND EVERYTHING WORKED OUT BRILLIANT.

Koa: IT MEANS A LOT, HAVING MY OWN SPACE.

LIKE, I'M JUST REALLY HAPPY THAT IT'S UP HERE

AND, LIKE, FULLY READY TO DO SCHOOL.

Tyler: IT'D BE NICE IF WE COULD PUT A STOVE IN THERE.

THE KIDS WILL HAVE A PLACE TO STUDY,

AND IT FREES UP THE HOUSE TO WHERE WE CAN DO OTHER CHORES

WHILE THE KIDS ARE DOING THEIR SCHOOL.

Mo: IT'S GONNA HELP ME FOR SCHOOL AND PRIVACY

AND DON'T HAVE TO BE NEAR MOM AND DAD.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Narrator: JUST OUTSIDE BROAD PASS,

AFTER A 300-MILE BATTLE UPHILL,

BILL AND DAVY ARE NEARING THE DROP-OFF POINT

FOR THE STEEL SUPPORTS NEEDED TO BUILD A NEW BRIDGE

OVER THE TRAIN TRACKS.

Registe: GOOD JOB, BILL.

ALL OF THOSE KIND OF LITTLE DELAYS

JUST KIND OF ADDED UP AT THE VERY END,

BUT, UH, WE MADE IT.

WE MAKE THE RAILROAD LOOK GOOD,

MAKE OURSELVES LOOK GOOD.

I MEAN, THAT LOAD COULD HAVE WENT EITHER WHICH WAY,

AND WE GOT HERE UNEVENTFUL.

I COULD HAVE NEVER DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.

AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT.

I WON'T. YOU DON'T FORGET IT EITHER.

I NEVER FORGET IT,

'CAUSE YOU BEEN MAKING ME LOOK GOOD SINCE I HIRED OUT.

AHH!

[ LAUGHS ]

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

Bivins: I FEEL RELIEVED JUST BECAUSE

OF WHAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH TO GET HERE.

YOU KNOW, WE MADE IT UP HERE TO OUR DESTINATION.

THE CUSTOMER'S GONNA BE HAPPY.

ALL THE GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN STANDING AROUND HERE WAITING

ARE NOW JUST READY TO JUMP ON THIS

AND GET IT UNLOADED AND START POUNDING THAT PILING

IN THE GROUND.

Narrator: IT'S NOW DOWN TO THE GROUND CREW

TO OFFLOAD ALL THE STEEL SUPPORTS.

THE NEW BRIDGE THAT WILL PASS OVER THE TRACKS HERE

SHOULD KEEP BOTH CARS AND TRAINS

RUNNING SMOOTHLY FOR YEARS TO COME.

Registe: THIS IS WHAT THIS JOURNEY WAS ABOUT.

WE FINALLY GOT IT HERE.

WE HAD ADVERSE CONDITIONS -- RAIN, SLEET, AND SNOW.

WE'RE JUST VERY FORTUNATE.

YOU KNOW, LUCK FAVORS US AND LUCK FAVORS THE BOLD.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

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