American Experience

Grading on the Transcontinental Railroad

Clip: Season 15 | 55s

Grading was the most difficult job during construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. To blast through cuts in the mountains, up to 500 kegs of black powder were used each day.

Aired: 01/27/03

Expires: 09/22/23

Rating: NR

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