Panamá-Canal Railroad, Colon

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The 1849 California Gold Rush led to a sudden and desperate demand for transportation of hopeful gold miners to California, and thus Panamá-Canal Railroad was born. Construction began in 1850 and the first official journey took place in 1955. The railway was coined a transcontinental railroad--the first of its kind-- connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through Central America with 77 km (48 mi) of rail running parallel to the Panama Canal. The rail provides both freight and passenger service, offering a scenic view of ships, jungle, and wildlife. Put Panamá-Canal Railroad into our Colon vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is an awesome trip. I've ridden many RR excursions, and this could well be the best of them all. We took the afternoon train, which runs from Colon to Miraflores. The dome car has A/C and provide...  more »
  • The glass ceiling cart is an amazing way to see Panama from coast to coast. They also have small open carts that you can walk to and really get a close look at the sights. There's a bar so you can hav...  more »
  • Our tour group took the once-a-day afternoon train from Colon back to Panama City alongside the canal. It was fun to watch things from the train window. The train was clean and comfortable. Oddly, the...  more »