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American Experience | Panama Canal: Early Inefficiencies | PBS

Duration: 01:03
Program: American Experience
Broadcast Date: Jan. 25, 2011

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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Post Date: September 11, 2013