The first subway car in Boston took its maiden voyage on September 1, 1897. Arriving at that momentous occasion took years of planning and construction, not to mention a few setbacks along the way. In the end, a new era of man-made engineering was put into motion, revolutionizing urban transportation and broadening the perception of human capability forever. All of this was thanks to the brilliance of one man, Frank Sprague, an unsung hero in American engineering history and the deserving subject of a new PBS American Experience documentary, “The Race Underground.”
In these photos, you’ll take a ride through the past and watch the first subway grow from an idea to a reality along (and under) the streets of Boston.
“The Race Underground” airs on January 31 at 9 p.m. on WGBH 2.
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