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Abandoned Engineering

Abandoned Engineering

Yesterday 2017

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 Alas, a great number of these remarkable structures have now been abandoned, cast aside like enormous expensive out-of-date toys, never to be used in the ways for which they were intended.Each and every one of these extraordinary places is home to a wealth of powerful and compelling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 ever known. We’ll show how and why they were built, consider the financial and social costs of their failure and examine the environmental and ecological impacts.And just when it seems that the engineering follies and disasters are going to leave behind monstrosities that will blight us forever, some very clever people come up with a plan to make something beautiful or useful from the ruins. Look no further than the Nazi ‘Holiday Camp’ in Prora Germany, New York’s High Line, the SS Oriskany in Florida and the Foreshore Freeway, Cape Town South Africa – all abandoned and seemingly useless constructions that have been given new vibrant leases of life.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Abandoned Engineering

Abandoned Engineering - S4E5

#1 - Tunnel To The Underworld

8.11

Season 4 - Episode 5

A town in West Virginia that fell victim to the pace of change when steam trains became obsolete and an underground complex in Italy that had been abandoned for nearly 2,000 years.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 9 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S3E2

#2 - The Underwater Prison

8.00

Season 3 - Episode 2

An abandoned prison beneath the water, a tunnel in the heart of a mountain, concrete towers hidden in the woods and a rusting coastal relic.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 13 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S4E1

#3 - The World's Strangest Ghost Town

8.00

Season 4 - Episode 1

A settlement in Argentina destroyed by floods, a town in the US that has been erased, and a Soviet dream-town that turned into a nuclear nightmare.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 8 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S4E3

#4 - Guernsey Nazi Towers

8.00

Season 4 - Episode 3

A little-known dark past explains the vast monolithic structures that dominate the small British island of Guernsey.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 7 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S5E5

#5 - A Nation Torn Apart

8.00

Season 5 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 3 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S5E6
#6 - Ghosts of the Swamp
8.00
Season 5 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 6 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S6E8
#7 - Disaster On The 38th Parallel
8.00
Season 6 - Episode 8

The mysterious Cachtice Castle home to Elizabeth Bathory, said to have killed over 600 girls and a mysterious structure on the 38th parallel.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 2 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S6E10
#8 - The Human Zoo
8.00
Season 6 - Episode 10

An impressive compound commandeered and repurposed by a brutal regime and an eerie complex off the coast of Ireland that became the biggest of its kind.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 1 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S7E1
#9 - Hollywood Heroes
8.00
Season 7 - Episode 1

Legendary film sets with surprising pasts and real locations that inspired Hollywood. Within these decaying structures are the echoes of history.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 2 votes.

Abandoned Engineering - S7E2
#10 - Episode 2
8.00
Season 7 - Episode 2

In North Wales a secret facility which once manufactured mustard gas and enriched uranium lies in ruins. In Malta is a luxurious quarantine facility, that hides a dark secret.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Abandoned Engineering from 1 votes.

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