Impossible Railways

Into the Wild

Series 2 - Episode 1 Into the Wild



Any programme that describes railways as impossible will tend towards hyperbole, so prepare yourself for emphatic narration and rousing, intrusive soundtrack as the series that hails ingenious feats of engineering returns with a look at tracks laid through some of the world’s most inhospitable wilderness terrains.

As it revels over lines built across the Great Salt Lake in Utah, over the central plateau of New Zealand’s north island and across the Tibetan Plateau, you may ask yourself just how many different portentous ways the narration can intone the word “wilderness”. But the railways – and the scenery – are spectacular enough to push all that aside and leave you in awe.


The wilderness lines that have pushed the frontiers of human endeavour into previously unknown territories, solving a set of complex problems along the way.