"Railroad Alaska" follows the elite crew of workers - brakemen, engineers, construction crews, mechanics and train drivers - as they battle ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep the State of Alaska's critical five-hundred-mile-long railroad rolling through the extreme winter. The off-grid homesteaders rely completely on the railroad as their connection to supplies through the harsh Alaskan winters. The train crews regularly have to battle through severe snowstorms to reach their destinations and malfunctioning equipment is just one more hurdle for them to overcome before they can deliver their vital loads. A broken-down school bus would be a simple problem in many places but snow, blizzards and an icy hill ascent make for an interesting rescue effort. The railroad mechanics have to deal with a derailed snowplough blocking the rail line, and a recovery mission through avalanche territory tests James Cuff to the limit. Choosing to live life off-grid is not a light decision for anyone and as the families deal with all that winter has to throw at them they must sometimes question their lifestyle choice. But these unique people have the pioneering spirit and face every challenge head-on, using their ingenuity and hard-won survival skills every day, not just to survive off-grid, but to live life to the full.