One of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. Designed by renowned architect Charles McKim, the station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. Alexander Cassatt, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, gambled millions of dollars to link the nation’s biggest railroad to America’s greatest city, but died bringing the station to life.
In the wake of the Great Depression, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest; it was the largest hydroelectric power producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941. After WWII, an irrigation project made possible by the dam helped turn the deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam prevented access to one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. Deprived of the salmon, the native people who lived along the Columbia witnessed a profound cultural decline.
A winter storm buries the Sierra Nevada. Embedded in the blizzard: the main line of America's railroad. For two days the major west-east route across America is shut down by snow, tying up billions of dollars of goods, trapping an entire train crew in an avalanche. A vision from the past is sent to rescue modern day transportation. The Rotary Snow Plow, invented in the 1800s, roars to life and heads up some of the steepest mountain terrain in the world. It's mission: save the crew and re-open the rail line over Donner Pass.
In Baton Rouge, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Leigh Keno at Magnolia Mound Plantation to learn about Campeche chairs. Highlights include a French Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, ca. 1930, purchased at auction for $30 as cubic zirconia and now valued at $25,000 to $35,000; a copy of the book The History of Magic, with an inscription from the owner’s old college roommate — Jim Morrison of The Doors; and four Rembrandt and James McNeill Whistler etchings that were collected by the guest’s father from around 1940 to 1960 and are appraised for $100,000.
When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Employing groundbreaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows and prove there may be more to these murders than meets the eye?
Murder on the Home Front airs on Sunday, February 16th at 9:30 p.m.