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Behind the Scenes: The Subway

You’ve got to check out these epic shots from far beneath New York City, where the long-heralded Second Avenue Subway line construction is underway.

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This tunnel was dug by a tunnel boring machine - a piece of equipment that can weigh more than 450 tons and measure more than two and a half blocks in length! It's so big, it has to be brought in piece by piece and assembled below ground. Once it's working - it has the power of 12 jumbo jets.

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Workers had to drill through solid rock underneath the streets of Manhattan. Much of the rock was more than three million years old!

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Plans for the second avenue subway were initially pitched in the 1920s! Now, phase one of the project is set to be complete in 2016.

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