- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
Take an awe-inspiring tour of the most massive, most powerful, and just plain biggest machines ever built. At every stop on this oversized tour, see how these leviathans operate, find out why and how they were built and explore their family trees to see the more modest machines they are based on.
The excavators used in coal mining can lay legitimate claim to the title of world's biggest machines. At the Bucyrus International plant in Milwaukee, engineers show how the massive "drag lines" are assembled. Out in the field, drivers for the Liebherr Mining Equipment Shop show off their pride and joy, a 400-ton capacity, 21-foot-tall dump truck known as the T282. A beast of similar scale plies the waves: the cruise ship Voyager of the Seas is one-and-a-half times the size of an aircraft carrier and holds 5000 passengers. And at the famed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, scientists are putting the finishing touches on a football-sized machine that's designed to create nuclear fusion.
Too much is the order of the day in this jumbo-sized MODERN MARVELS® special celebrating THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MACHINES.