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. Panamá-Canal Railroad is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Colon Edition.
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  • This was a great way to see the Canal and surrounding area. The train was clean and provided snacks and drinks. You can move around and it is a fun way to see sights.  more »
  • I still don't know why we were offered this tour. There is nothing to see, nothing to do and return to the boat at rush hour and a huge waste of time. The train is clean, the people who are friendly and dedicated, that's it. Small lunch served well done mercy and I really regretted this excursion. This depends on taste. If you like walk by train it's your choice... Does still there is something interesting to see.
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  • Nice little 2 hour train ride through the jungle to Cristobal. The carriages have large platforms so you can just step outside for pics. The railroad parallels the canal more or less. If you're a seri...  more »
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