American Experience

Constructing Pennsylvania Station

Clip: Season 26 Episode 5 | 1m 35s

Over 500 buildings were initially cleared for Penn Station’s construction, an area equal to two city blocks, or 28 acres. Crews worked day and night to build the train yard below ground, excavating tons of earth from the construction site. Avenues, buildings, and elevated railroads around the construction had to be propped up while workers excavated around the underground infrastructure.

Aired: 02/18/14

Rating: NR

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