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6 2 20852--American Steam Shovel, Culebra, Panama Canal Zone.
This machine is one of the giants that shovel, and the rock rolled into the car.
have come into existence during the last Then he opened the bottom and the dirt
ten years. It is the result of American in the shovel dropped out. Under favor-
thought, push, and enterprise. Stand near a~ e conditions four shoveli-ls can be
one and see the work that it does. Its limited and dumped into a car in one
every motion is directed by the intel- minute. One steam shovel can very
ligence of the man just below the large easily load 1,000 cubic yards of dirt in
wheels on the upright iron beam. When eight hours.
this beam turns he moves with it. From The engine that supplies the steam,
here he directs every movement of the with all the working parts, are on car
huge shovel. The shovel is like a large trucks. As one piece it is moved from one
box. It holds one cubic yard of dirt. place to another on the railroad track.
It is lowered to the edge of the dirt pile The machines are made in the United
and then with an upward movement States. The .. ces are shipped to Colon
scoops itself full. Often have I seen the by water. There they are put on cars
operator, after the shovel was full, place and sent to ErKpre. Here, within a
it uncer a piece of reck as large as a barrel. mile of the Culebra cut, are the machine
With the greatest ease it moved with shops. The machinists put them together,
this heavy weight here or there as the After being tested they are ready toj
operator wished. As it swung over the work.
fiat car, he lowered the front part of the
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