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Title: Man Made Marvels of Asia: The World's Highest Railway
Copy #: 1
Status: available
Duration: 0 hours, 47 minutes
Media: 1 DVD
Keywords: Science, Trains


At 1142 kilometres long the Qinghai-Tibet railway is not the longest train track on earth, but it was the most difficult to build. The railway runs through a region so remote and treacherous it’s known as the ‘third pole’. The air temperature can sink to minus 40 degrees Celsius, the permafrost lies a half kilometer deep, and the altitude is so high, and the air so thin, that just being here can be fatal. Up against the forces of climate, temperature and topography, the engineers had to be innovative and determined to succeed.