EXTREME Driving !!

Submitted: Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:26
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Did anyone happen to catch 'Ice Road' on the TV ?? How would you be driving 20 tons of semi trailer on 28 inches of ice ?? In temps of 40 below..
With the ice actually cracking ahead of you !!
The missus asked why couldnt it be done in Summer?? Well, in Summer there ain't no ice road- just a lake..
On Saturday night-I think it's a short series.

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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:34

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:34
Yea I caught a bit of it just before the rugby started and it was pretty interesting and I felt for that bloke that kept breaking down with his air pressure thingymabob that kept freezing up

Scary stuff
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Reply By: Member - Serg (VIC) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:24

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:24
“Ice Roads” or to be more precise “Ice Bridges” widely used in Russia in places where sub-zero temperature stays 6 month per year or more. After river get covered with ice, then setup pumps and pump water from river on top of ice where road going to be. After couple of weeks ice became so thick (2-3 meters) that can withstand 50t of load with easy. Thus they are making “temporary” (up to 9 months per year in some places) roads that dramatically reduce traveling distance and therefore time.

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Serg

PS I have not seed referred broadcasting.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:32

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:32
The show is quite a long series, its been running on Foxtel for quite sometime now.
Current series has finished as its now summer over there but will return soon as the ice forms and the road opens again.

Good show and as you say very interesting.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:37

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:37
Fascinating show. $3 million to build the road and it lasts as long as the winter freeze. Last year 60 days only. Oil companies and De-beers pay for it. When driving on the frozen lakes a truck causes a bow wave. If the truck goes faster than the bow wave the ice breaks and the truck sinks into the lake below.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:53

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:53
about what we spend on 300miles of our roads up north Qld :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 15:09

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 15:09
Not just De Beers, BHP and a couple of others has diamond mines there also.
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