Follows the construction of the New York City subway system in the early 1900s.



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David McCullough ...
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Follows the construction of the New York City subway system in the early 1900s.

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17 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Building of the New York Subway system makes fascinating story...
8 February 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Fascinating documentary on the construction of the N.Y. subway which opened in 1903. Includes the various accidents that made improvements necessary, the switch from steam engines to electric tracks, the stories that made newspaper headlines throughout the early part of the 1900s, and newsreel footage of various stages of progress that led to the ultimate underground system we have today. The latter footage is extremely interesting for history buffs who enjoy seeing how New York City looked when the railroad was being constructed.

The program that followed on PBS showed how Grand Central Station was constructed and made an excellent companion piece to the "New York Underground" segment. Once again, the footage showing what 42nd street looked like during that era made for a fascinating glimpse of history in progress.

These "American Experience" shows are in a class by themselves.

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