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Impossible Railways

Engineering that has overcome some of the greatest mountain ranges to create innovative railways, including a tunnel in the Swiss Alps and a zig-zag railway in Ecuador.

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Engineering breakthroughs that allow trains to go faster than ever, including technology that allows the navigation of the winding mountains of Spain at speed.
How some of our greatest railways have challenged engineering's finest minds in their efforts to conquer the planet's waterways, including a tunnel beneath the English Channel.
Since their rise in the 19th Century, railways have been at the forefront of modern engineering and transport, conquering dizzying altitudes, wilderness, seas and cities.
Series 1
From a canyon-spanning bridge in San Diego to a track ascending an imposing Swiss peak, hear how railway engineers have conquered jungles, deserts and mountains.
Trains can now reach inconceivable speeds, thanks to pioneering engineers. Hear how mighty steam trains, supersonic rocket sleds and 'hovering' trains came about.
Series 2
Since their meteoric rise in the 19th Century, railways have been at the forefront of modern engineering. They've conquered dizzying altitudes, wilderness, seas and cities.
Series 1
From an inverted monorail in Germany to London's epic Crossrail project, discover how ingenious metropolitan railway engineering helps keep our cities running.
From tunnelling through the mighty Swiss Alps to overcoming a cliff face in Southern Australia, see how railway engineers have skilfully conquered mountains.
From the iconic Forth Bridge to a vertigo-inducing viaduct in rural New Zealand, discover how railway engineers have conquered valleys, canyons and waterways.
From crossing the cyclone-prone Indian Ocean to travelling under the Bosphorus strait, discover how railway engineers have overcome the challenges presented by water.
Series 2
A look at the planet's most incredible metropolitan railways, and how they help people solve distinctly urban problems. Including a project to upgrade New York's transit system.
Engineering that has overcome some of the greatest mountain ranges to create innovative railways, including a tunnel in the Swiss Alps and a zig-zag railway in Ecuador.
From the iconic Forth Bridge to a vertigo-inducing viaduct in rural New Zealand, discover how railway engineers have conquered valleys, canyons and waterways.
A look at the planet's most incredible metropolitan railways, and how they help people solve distinctly urban problems. Including a project to upgrade New York's transit system.
How some of our greatest railways have challenged engineering's finest minds in their efforts to conquer the planet's waterways, including a tunnel beneath the English Channel.
Since their rise in the 19th Century, railways have been at the forefront of modern engineering and transport, conquering dizzying altitudes, wilderness, seas and cities.
Since their meteoric rise in the 19th Century, railways have been at the forefront of modern engineering. They've conquered dizzying altitudes, wilderness, seas and cities.
From the iconic Forth Bridge to a vertigo-inducing viaduct in rural New Zealand, discover how railway engineers have conquered valleys, canyons and waterways.
From a canyon-spanning bridge in San Diego to a track ascending an imposing Swiss peak, hear how railway engineers have conquered jungles, deserts and mountains.
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