Modern Marvels

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History, Technology Documentary hosted by Bruce Nash, published by History Channel in 2002 - English narration

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Modern Marvels Celebrating modern engineering excellence. This programme journeys back in time to take a look at some of the world's most incredible architectural masterpieces of all time, including marvels of staggering proportions. Hadrian's Wall, which stretches 74 miles long and is 2,000 years old, a tantalising treasure that historians are eager to explore further. London's Tower Bridge, a symbol of industrial might and technological daring. Gustave's Eiffel Tower, the very essence of Paris. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which fifty years after its construction is still regarded as one of the world's most incredible engineering accomplishments. One of the world's most ambitious engineering projects The Trans-Siberian Railway and the Empire State Building, synonymous with its home New York City.

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74 miles long and 2,000 years old, Hadrian's Wall winds over the hills and valleys of Northern England, marking the northernmost extent of a once mighty empire. Built of stone and mortar, Hadrian's Wall stands in mute testament to its long-ago builders and is a tantalising treasure that still holds many secrets archaeologists and historians are eager to uncover.

[edit] Tower Bridge

Built at the same time as the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, London's Tower Bridge quickly became an icon of its nation, a symbol of industrial might and technological daring combined with a deep sense of tradition. This programme ventures from the Victorian era to the present day to tell the complete story of this famous bridge.

[edit] Eiffel Tower

It was meant to be a temporary exhibit, a demonstration of French engineering acumen at the Paris World Fair. But to Parisians, the tower, designed by the brash, young Gustave Eiffel, came to stand for much more. This is the monumental tale of the graceful steel sculpture that stands at almost 1,000 feet.

[edit] Trans Siberian Railway

Stretching nearly 6,000 miles from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Railroad was one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken. Started in 1891 on the orders of Czar Alexander III, it is the longest, most expensive and most complicated railroad ever built. Amazingly this phenomenal railroad was completed in less than 15 years, despite having to cross vast stretches of the most remote and unforgiving land on earth.

[edit] Empire State Building

The construction of this world famous New York skyscraper, built during the great depression, came to embody much more than simply another building, it came to symbolise the indomitable American spirit. This is the incredible story of the Empire State Building.

[edit] Golden Gate Bridge

More than 50 years after its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge is still regarded as one of the world's great engineering marvels. Against all odds, it took 25 million man-hours and 80,000 miles of cable to complete and has become one of the greatest symbols of America. This is the awe-inspiring story of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
  • Video Bitrate: 2032 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 528
  • Video Aspect Ratio: (4:3)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s AC3 48000 Hz
  • Audio Streams: 2
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 45.Mins
  • Number Of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 700 MB
  • Source: DVD
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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