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X-Machines

All Episodes

  • Ended
  • 2009-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • 45 mins
  • Documentary, Special Interest
Features the most amazing machines on the planet taking on the most incredible engineering challenges.

15 episodes

A crane that can rise 90 metres from the sea to lift loads of 3,500 tonnes

A look at the world's highest-flying lift helicopter, massive mobile cranes and a 50 ton machine capable of reducing entire forests to pulp

A stricken passenger ferry is saved by the Canadian super-machine Iceking, which is capable of cutting through ice two metres thick

1x06 Beluga, Icehammer, Goliath

  • no air date — 44 mins

Examining one of the world's largest excavators, how mobile ice hammers are used to save a town from flooding, plus a look at the hazardous journey of an air transporter as its crews battle extreme conditions to deliver its cargo

1x07 Thunder, Wheels, Nemo

  • no air date — 44 mins

A look at Thunder, the world's biggest helicopter, and million-dollar submarine Nemo, which can dive to a depth of 914 metres and help detect upcoming tsumamis

1x08 Sea Hawk, Atlsa, Colossus

  • no air date — 44 mins

A multi-million-dollar helicopter is used to rescues marines trapped deep within enemy territory, and a six-legged barge is used to install an offshore wind farm

1x09 Gemini, Black Marlin, Viper

  • no air date — 45 mins

The crew of a large helicopter tries to save the residents of a small town in Switzerland, plus a submersible cargo ship that can lift an oil rig

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 43 mins

Profiles of three machines, including the world's heaviest road-going vehicle as it transports a 400-ton electrical transformer across a mountain range

2x02 Episode 2

  • no air date — 43 mins

Exploring the world's largest mining machine as it is used in Germany to dig for low-grade coal lignite, which is in greater demand as the country tries to phase out nuclear power

2x03 Episode 3

  • no air date — 43 mins

An exploration of the world's most powerful backhoe dredger in New York City, and a mobile factory capable of building a train while on the move

2x04 Episode 4

  • no air date — 43 mins

A profile of the D'Artagnan dredger, which must deepen the Panama Canal to avoid a massive traffic jam, and an exploration of a Sea King helicopter updated for contemporary warfare

2x05 Episode 5

  • no air date — 43 mins

The Colussus crew braves oxygen starvation to deliver a 100-ton radio telescope to a mountain-top observatory, and the Jumbo-heavy life ship transports a formidable cargo

2x06 Episode 6

  • no air date — 43 mins

How the crane vessel Hercules constructs an oil rig in the middle of the world's busiest harbour, and footage of the Roadheader tunnelling between Croatia and Italy

2x07 Episode 7

  • no air date — 43 mins

How the Shoreway suction dredger helps to protect the Netherlands from North Sea storms, and the way a cantilever lift is being used to unite two nations

2x08 Episode 8

  • no air date — 43 mins

The role played by a super-tug in protecting the Alaskan wilderness, and a look at the construction of a 122m-high heavy lift crane

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