The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

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Technology, Travel Documentary hosted by Julian Barrett, published by BBC in 2014 - English narration

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The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway goes behind-the-scenes of Crossrail, to discover the characters and technology behind Europe’s biggest engineering project. The three-part BBC Two series looks at the building of London’s brand new high frequency, high-capacity subterranean railway. From the construction of a gigantic new train station located at Canary Wharf, to the father and son team excavating the lines new twin tube tunnels under the river Thames, this series reveals the cutting edge technology and larger than life characters at the heart of building London’s new underground. Employing over 10,000 workers and costing 15 billion pounds, the railway engineers must burrow forty-two kilometres of tunnels, ensure listed buildings don’t crack, London Underground trains continue running, roads stay open and the City stays in business.

[edit] Urban Heart Surgery

As they burrow the forty-two kilometres of tunnels, engineers must battle to make sure that listed buildings don't crack, London Underground trains keep running, roads don't shut and the City stays in business. Crucially, they must drive one of their gigantic 1,000-tonne tunnel boring machines through a tiny gap in the congested underbelly of Tottenham Court Road station without the passengers on the tube platforms below knowing they are there.

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This episode follows engineers building London's brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they take on a Great British obsession - building train tunnels under water. Linda Miller, an engineer more at home building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, battles to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London's east end. Meanwhile a British tunnelling dynasty - the Bermingham family - follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a brand new tunnel under the river Thames.

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This episode follows engineers building London's brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they race to build ten new train stations across London. A team battles to put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. It's so big; they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2,500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of London's past.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 2990 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 59mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.29 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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