Next Episode of Abandoned Engineering is
Season 6 / Episode 9 and airs on 24 November 2020 20:00
As the saying goes – they probably seemed like good ideas at the time. The world is peppered with examples of incredible engineering projects and buildings designed to make life easier for those that used them, amaze those that came to see them, and make money for those that ordered, designed and built them. They were the stuff of dreams. Often enormous engineering problems had to be resolved, obstacles overcome and new innovations employed just to get them built in the first place. Alas, a great number of these remarkable structures have now been abandoned, cast aside like enormous expensive out-of-date toys, never to be used in the ways for which they were intended. Each and every one of these extraordinary places is home to a wealth of powerful and compelling stories. We'll see and hear about some of the most spectacular examples of abandoned engineering the world has eve...
Scorched remains that speak of imprisonment and torture... the desert town that faced a disaster of biblical proportions... a rusting cab leway leading to a deadly site in the mountains of southern Africa... vast coastal ruins that reveal a past once wiped from history.
The underground base with the power to destroy a nation… the site linked with an attempt to kill a vicious dictator… an ancient world discovered in the open American wilderness... the tropical island with a history of violence.
Including an exploration of the claustrophobic prison cells of Devil's Island; Vemork, a vast mountainside complex that held the power to change the world; Salton Sea, where a string of crumbling towns are linked by a toxic secret; and Ralsko, a sprawling secretive base that's been left standing on deadly ground.
Including an exploration of a secretive underground base that concealed the power to destroy nations; Willamette Falls, a sprawling industrial relic clinging to the edge of an unforgiving waterfall; strange constructions, separated by a century, but joined together by war; and Pilgrim's Rest, a hauntingly silent town lost deep in hills of South Africa.
Including an exploration of a marooned iron-clad structure in Portland, off the coast of England, that hides a dramatic story of war and resilience; Pratt Cotton Gin Mill, a vast facility in the heart of America's deep south that helped tear apart a nation; and a Mediterranean island fortress at Spinalonga, Greece, that became the scene of a dark conspiracy.
Including an exploration of forgotten relics from the defence of America's homeland, at Fort Jackson, USA, concealed by the banks of the Mississippi River; a concrete behemoth at Lorient Sub Base, on the coast of France, that proved invulnerable to enemy bombardment; and a ghostly ruin at Gwrych that is now home to a haunting presence.
An American prison for the violent and deranged with links to an infamous cult leader, and a cavernous tunnel network in France offering shelter from unrelenting bombardment.
An Albanian village home to Allied secret agents, devastated for resisting the Nazi war machine, and a notorious asylum in America that enforced labotomies on a large scale.
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