Modern Marvels

Season 5 Episode 12

Transcontinental Railroads

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 1997 on The History Channel
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Transcontinental Railroads
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With California finally part of the United States, two rail companies raced to connect the monied East and the promising West. Along the way, fortunes would be made, lives lost, and adversity overcome. Join us for the exciting story of the largest, most expensive challenge of the 19th century.moreless
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      • Narrator: The plan was daring, to unite a nation with 1700 miles of track across untamed wilderness, over snow capped peaks and through solid rock. Two rival workforces in a great race to link the American continent, each facing deadly obstacles and titanic challenges of engineering. Now: The Transcontinental Railroad, on Modern Marvels.

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