Modern Marvels

Season 3 Episode 9

The Railroads That Tamed the West

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 1996 on The History Channel
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The year was 1869 and America had just completed the greatest building achievement in its history--the Transcontinental Railroad. A thin ribbon of steel and wood now connected East and West. But the fledgling country now faced an even greater challenge--how to harness the awesome potential of the railroad to tame the still wide-open and wild West.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Harvey's Rail Stops were station restaurants whose waitresses were a popular attaction. A "Harvey Girl" had to remain single for the first year of employment. If she married, her salary was cut in half.

      • Pullman porters were origiannly ex-slaves hired by the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867. Fifty years later, they formed the first African-American union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

      • Railroads created a new social caste system. The "wrong side" of the tracks referred to the direction the sooty, black engine smoke was blown by the wind.

      • Daniel Webster once said about building railroads in the West: "What do we want with this region of savages and wild beasts, of deserts of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, cactus and prairie dogs?"

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: In 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad opens and America begins her love affair with trains. The next 30 years will be an era of invention, expansion and empire building, a period of great romance and calamity. Now: The Railroads That Tamed The West, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Kevin Bunker
        California State Museum

        John P. Hankey

        Bob Dowly
        Locomotive Engineer

      • Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
        Writer: Alison Trinkel
        Producer: Alison Trinkel
        Supervising Producer: John Drimmer
        Senior Producer: Tim Busa
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Associate Producer: Doug DeLuca
        Editor: Greg Clausen
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Post Production Supervisor: Julio Kollerbohm
        Director of Research: Chuck Hayes
        Show Element Coordinator: Karen S. Meissner
        Visual Coordinator: Carey Ann Strelecki
        Assistant Visual Coordinator: William F. Swift
        Assistant Visual Coordinator: Eric Truhart
        Assistant Editor: Marc Cebrian
        Assistant Editor: Jared Bushansky
        Assistant Editor: Maurice Cassamajor
        Camera: Gilbert Randall
        Camera: Steve Bell
        Audio: Jeff Boudrot
        Audio: Sherman Hougland
        Production Accountant: Paul Dzilvelis
        Assistant Production Accountant: Jori Espinosa
        Research Associate: Stacey Luchs
        Production Assistant: Jason Menz
        Production Assistant: Toni Gray
        Assistant to Bob Jaffe: Hay Tanning
        Assistant to Tim Busa: Todd Bluechel
        Music: Scott Page-Pagter
        Music: John Valentino
        Graphics: Art F/X
        Re-Recording Mixer: Tim Brown
        Online Editor: Rick Fenner
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Executive in Charge of Production: Mel A. Bishop
        Series Manager: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        Executive Producer: Gerald W. Abrams

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