Even massive equipment such as B-52 bombers, cruise missiles from the Cold War and massive oil tankers has a fixed life span, and this documentary series chronicles the "afterlife" these creations enter after a trip to the "Boneyard," where these machines are recycled.
Entrepreneurs have found innovative uses for every component of the railroads. Though most of these will be ripped and torn apart for scrap, some will be restored to live on in other roles.
Almost completely surrounded by water, New Orleans is particularly vulnerable to nature. When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, the city's levees failed, transforming whole parishes into flooded boneyards.
Garbage is processed by an army of technologically advanced machines. In facilities called 'Murfs,' millions of tons of resources are diverted from the boneyard and given a second life.
Every year, millions of cars come to the end of the road. Though some may be retired and treasured as priceless engineering marvels, most are shredded into scrap to be transformed into new products.
Whether it's a huge Abrams tank being completely rebuilt or a piece of artillery saved from the scrapyard, they will all be transformed into new incarnations.
Criminals go to jail, but the tools of crime can end up in boneyards. Some become tools to fight crime while others transform into something good from the ruins of evil.
When a ship reaches the end of its useful life, it quickly goes from being the pride of the fleet to a liability. These veteran warriors are blown to pieces in weapons tests, or sold and cut up for scrap.
Modern ore processing machines are the largest, most sophisticated of their type in the world. When they wear out, they join the boneyards, waiting to be restored or scrapped for the furnace.