“You people pay good money for what I get paid to do!”
Warren, the conductor on our Seward to Anchorage train ride, clearly loves his job. The soon to be first tenured employee of the Alaska Railroad strives to “be the reason somebody smiles today.” In his multiple decades serving the railroad and criss-crossing Alaska, he’s seen it all. In those years looking out the window, the most drastic change he’s noticed has been the once massive glaciers receding into nothing.
He spent eight years as a conductor on the Hurricane Turn Train, a line that allows you to get off wherever you please.
Just before we pulled into Anchorage, he made an announcement and thanked his passengers.
"We fully realize that if you weren’t here we would have to get real jobs. And we don’t want that. We want to play around with trains."