Impossible Railways Series 2

Since their meteoric rise in the 19th century, railways have been at the cutting edge of engineering and transport. Some of the most mind-blowing achievements have been accomplished by the exploits of railway workers and pioneers who through the incredible design breakthroughs, embraced nature and the challenges of physics to create a truly remarkable global network.

Episodes

Air Date: December 23, 2020 - 47:41
In this episode we explore the wilderness lines that have pushed the frontiers of human endeavour into previously unknown territories, solving a set of complex problems along the way.
Air Date: December 16, 2020 - 48:15
Since the dawn of the 19th Century, rail networks have overcome almost all nature can throw at them. But there's one environment, which is their nemesis. Water.
Air Date: December 09, 2020 - 48:24
Trains can now travel further, and climb higher, than ever before. But for train engineers, it's the need for speed that has inspired the greatest innovations of all.
Air Date: December 02, 2020 - 47:34
Every day cities around the world rely on the railway to keep them moving. Whether its commuters travelling to work, tourists seeing the sights or goods going to market, trains take care of them all.
Air Date: November 25, 2020 - 47:33
Mountains are one the greatest challenges a railway can face. Tough climbs, perilous ascents and extreme weather conditions, have all posed seemingly impossible challenges
Air Date: November 18, 2020 - 48:20
Railway engineering has overcome strong winds with an iconic and ground-breaking viaduct design in France, to the world's longest single span box girder bridge in Wales.