American Experience

Repairing the Panama Railroad

Clip: Season 23 | 2m 2s

Upon the arrival of new Chief Engineer John Stevens, the rusty and decrepit Panama Railroad was by that time 60 years old. Stevens realized that he was unable to cart out the spoil at the same furious rate that the canal was being dug. He ordered all excavation in Culebra Cut to be temporarily halted and turned his attention toward the repair of the railroad.

Aired: 01/24/11

Rating: NR

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