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They must lift a 1,400-ton submarine over dry land, tow seven floating mansions across the Netherlands, and drive a massive WWI artillery gun across southern England. These are just a few of the daunting challenges faced by teams of heavy haulers around the world. Join us as we follow these engineers on epic journeys over land, sea, and air as they transport monstrous structures to new locations, often against strict deadlines. It's big moves, big risks, and big stress, and we're there to capture every nail-biting minute.
A 200-ton WWI howitzer needs to be transported to a museum nearly 400 miles away in less than a week. The BL 18-Inch Railway Howitzer, displayed at the Royal School of Artillery in Larkhill, England, is the world's largest surviving railway gun. It is the only remaining one of this type out of five built and fires an 18-inch, one-ton shell almost 13 miles. The Spoorwegmuseum, the Dutch national railway museum in Utrecht, Holland, borrowed the gun in March 2013.
The Sikorsky S-92 is the ultimate search and rescue helicopter, a high-tech, all-weather machine. The Shetland Coastguard is eagerly awaiting the arrival of one but it's still at the Sikorsky Aircraft factory in Coatesville, Pennsylvania 3,500 miles away. That's too far for a chopper to fly alone, so it's going to need an escort. Enter the Antonov 124, a Cold War warrior with record-breaking cargo capabilities. Antonov is big, but so is the Sikorsky S-92, an eight-ton beast. Can a team of engineers squeeze this $30 million aircraft in and get her to the Shetlands unscathed?
A team of engineers is on a mission to build and sail seven floating homes across the Netherlands, from a factory in Urk to a new waterborne community in Meerstad 70 miles away. The route, however, proves to be an obstacle course of boat traffic, unexpected swells, and low bridges, not to mention precarious cranes and narrow country roads when they reach stretches of land along the way. Will these luxury dream homes make it to their destination undamaged? Take a ride through a maze of Dutch riverbanks and waterways to find out.
The Canadian Coast Guard, which protects the beachfront city of Vancouver, is in desperate need of a new breed of rescue vehicle. The solution is the AP1-88 Hovercraft, a 100-foot marine machine. The challenge is it's still being assembled in Southampton, England at Griffon Hoverwork's factory 9,000 miles away. Follow a team of engineers as they attempt to build and haul it across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal, and up the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada without incident. The new hovercraft is delivered in November 2016 and named Moytel, meaning 'to help each other.'
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