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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  • 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 »
  • Because there would be not so much to do in Colon, we have in the afternoon to the locks by an Uber from Panama City, and then to the train station. The train looks inside and out. You buy your tickets on the train. Upon entering we got an instant Cup of coffee, and a moment later a snackbox with some yummy things inside it. We were sitting in an elevated train. Also, we have still stood on the balcony to take photos. The train takes you along lakes, forests and the channel. And all that at a reasonable speed so you can see everything. An impressive journey of an hour. Worth it.
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  • The train takes you from the Atlantic to Pacific along the Canal. Great views from the dome car. There are snacks and drinks available.  more »

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