Ultimate Restorations Previous Broadcasts

The Schooner Coronet: Racing Into History (Episode #108H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Built in 1885, the Coronet sailed to fame as a trans-Atlantic race winner and one of the first U.S. yachts to round Cape Horn and circumnavigate the globe. Its design is credited with forever changing U.S. commercial ship standards. This intricate restoration will take the team from the jungles of Guatemala to the harbor at St. Tropez, but the schooner finally regains its original grace, complete with a custom Steinway piano.

The Illions Supreme Carousel: A Rare Masterpiece (Episode #107H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

The Illions Supreme was once the largest and most spectacular carousel from renowned master carver Marcus Charles Illions, with individual horses valued in the millions today. Incredibly, its provenance faded away under weather and cheap paint and it languished in storage for almost 60 years. Piecing it back together requires engineers and artists alike, but the results are breathtaking.

Badger #2: The Last Remaining Fish Car (Episode #106H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 11, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

During the Depression of 1911, bringing fingerling fish from the East Coast to stock Midwest lakes as a food source was big business. Railroad cars known as "fish cars" contained water tanks for the small fish and elegant Victorian accommodations for the crew. All of these rare cars have disappeared except the Badger #2. Join a Wisconsin team for a complex restoration and a glimpse into a rarely-seen chapter of U.S. history.

The Midmer-Losh: The World's Largest Pipe Organ (Episode #105H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Built in Atlantic City in 1929, the Midmer-Losh still holds the title as the world's largest musical instrument, as well as the world's most complicated mechanical system. With over 33,000 pipes, and blowers requiring hundreds of horsepower, this Goliath requires an involved 10-million-dollar restoration and takes viewers back to an era unequaled in design and craftsmanship.

Ahrens Fox: The Kansas City Treasure (Episode #104H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 4, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Once considered the Rolls Royce of fire engines, the Ahrens Fox was a shining emblem of 1920s civic pride in Kansas City, a rolling work of art that could shoot water to the top of a 40-story building. Now just a rusty relic, a surviving Ahrens Fox challenges volunteer firefighter Doug Klink and his crew to keep their senses of humor as they piece the massive vehicle back together from the drive shaft to the gold leaf detailing.

The Sierra #3 Locomotive: A Star Is Reborn (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

A group of passionate restorers resurrect one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States, built in 1891 in New Jersey and made famous in movies like High Noon and Rawhide. Remaining true to the original's complex engineering and construction requires incredible precision and patience, and the team struggles to complete the project before its scheduled Fourth of July debut.

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