Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 3

Ice Road Truckers

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 2003 on The History Channel
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Ice Road Truckers
During the harsh winter of Canada's Northwest Territory, remote villages and work camps are cut off from the world. To keep them supplied, a tenacious group of long-haul truckers drive their rigs over hundreds of miles on ice roads cut across the surface of frozen lakes. Sometimes the ice cannot support the heavy rig, and driver and cargo plunge through the ice and sink to the bottom. Hitch a risky ride along with the Ice Road Truckers as they drive headlong into bone-chilling danger.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • To help build ice roads, crews use GPS satellite technology, which encompasses 24 satellites operated by the U.S. Air Force and is monitored from 5 ground stations around the world.

      • The former Great Slave Lake Railway, now a branch of the Peace River Division, extends over 600 km north from Grimshaw, Alberta to Hay River and is the only railway in the North West Territory.

      • The Great Slave Lake, named after the Slave Indians, is the 5th largest lake in North America with an area of 11,031 square miles.

      • Although the dog team has been replaced by the snowmobile, there is a revival of dog teams using Eskimo dogs or "Kingmik" in many northern communities.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: These are no ordinary truck divers. These truckers blaze a trail through the most terrifying terrain on Earth. They conquer killer Arctic storms and carve roads through the icebound Northwest Territories of Canada. They willingly drive their massive big rigs across giant frozen lakes, over a fragile layer of ice that could shatter without warning, dumping them into the icy depths. These men are the special forces of freighting, willing to take on truckings most dangerous route. Now, Ice Road Truckers, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Gavin Smith
        Ice Road Truck Driver

        Stirling Boyer
        Ice Road Truck Driver

        Edith Iglauer Daly
        Author, "Denison's Ice Road"

        Marvin Robinson
        President, RTL Robinson Enterprises

        James P. Delgado
        Exec. Dir., Vancouver Maritime Museum

        John B. Denison
        Pioneer Ice Road Builder

        Richard Denison
        Son of John Denison

        Leslie Leishman
        Registered Nurse

        Sheldon Hillier
        Ice Road Truck Driver

        Wayne Gzowski
        Operations Manager, Arctic Divers Ltd.

        Jack Weber
        Winter Road Safety Supervisor

        Writer, Producer, Director: Andy Papadopoulos & Susan Smiley
        Executive Producer: Robert Kirk
        Executive Producer: Rob Lihani
        Editor: Steve Pomerantz
        Editor: Matt Stevenson
        Narrator: Beau Billingslea
        Camera: Stephan Mazurek
        Camera: Susan Smiley
        Camera: Steven Taylor
        Field Audio: Stephan Mazurek
        Field Audio: David McKnight
        Clearance Supervisor: Valarie Sheldon
        Assistant Editor: Joey Barasch
        Assistant Post Production Coordinator: Matthew Duclos
        Production Associate: Lesley Cummins
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Post Production Audio: Media City Sound
        Re-recording Mixer: Matt Gruber
        Graphics: Planet Fez
        Computer Animation: Dave Thompson
        Archival Research: Michael Dolan

        Jack Weber
        John B. Denison
        Echo Bay Mines, LTD
        Edith Iglauer Daly
        Gary Mathewson
        Donnie Robinson
        Janet Robinson
        Wayne Gzowski

        Executive in Charge of Production: Ann J. Hackett
        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        Produced by Digital Ranch 2000

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