“You people pay good money for what I get paid to do!”
Warren, the conductor on the train from Seward to Anchorage, 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 crisscrossing Alaska, he’s seen it all. In all those years looking out the window, the most drastic change he’s noticed has been the once massive glaciers receding into nothing.
Before we pull into Anchorage, he makes an announcement and thanks 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.”