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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Panama Canal: Early Inefficiencies

  • Aired: 01/24/2011
  • 01:03
  • Rating: NR
On November 12, 1904, the first Bucyrus steam shovel arrived in Colón, able to excavate five cubic yards of spoil in a single scoop. Despite the efficiency of the steam shovel, the 50-year old rail system proved incapable of carrying that amount of spoil away.
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The 50-year old rail system in Panama proved incapable of getting the job done.
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