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4 At Work Culera Cut near Empire, Panama Canal Zone
20894-At Work In Culebra Cut near Empire, Panama Canal Zone
Few people realize the immense
amount of work that is being done in the
making of the canal. Work is not being
done in a few places at the same time
but in many places. Not only this, but
various kinds of work are being done at
the same time in a certain section. In
the section shown in the picture, one
will see in the distance the smoke as-
cending from the explosion of dynamite,
used in heavy charges to break up the
"spoil" so that it can be handled by the
steam shovels. The smoke from explod-
ed dynamite is white, while that from
powder is black. The drills whose mo-
tive power is compressed air tarnished
in pipes from central power plants, are
busy making the holes for charges of
In the immediate foreground is the
steam shovel biting into loosened "spoil"
and emptying each time it is filled from
one to two cubic yards into the waiting
cars. On the various tracks are the
empty and full cars going and coming at
the same time. In October, 1909, the
first half of the computed excavation of
the famous Culebra cut was completed.
As the cut is widened and deepened the
railroad tracks are moved.
Copyrrgh- (orO. by Keysto.e V.sw Com#any.
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