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NOVA
Flying Supersonic

 

NOVA takes you inside the historic international race to develop the first supersonic airliner, the Concorde. Hear stories from those inside the choreographed effort to design and build Concorde in two countries at once—and the crew members who flew her. Then, follow Concorde’s legacy to a new generation of innovators reviving the dream of supersonic passenger travel today.

 

 

NOVA
Super Tunnel

 

Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London.

 

REAL RAIL ADVENTURES:
Switzerland

 
This travel documentary showcases the construction marvels and visual splendors of the Swiss rail system, where majesty and machine meet. From world-class mainlines and stunning scenic routes to pioneering steam locomotives and historic cog trains, this special celebrates the triumphs of Swiss engineering and ingenuity. Host Jeff Wilson stops in Swiss cities and towns along the way to take in the sights and learns about local history and traditions.
 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Brakeless

 

On April 25, 2005, a West Japan Railway (West JR) commuter train crashed into an apartment building and killed 107 people. Afterward, an official report concluded the cause of the accident was excessive speed when the train’s driver tried to make up an 80-second delay. What made the train’s driver risk so many lives for such a miniscule delay? The film looks at Japanese society and asks if it is bound to the pursuit of efficiency at all costs. Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan?