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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  • I rode this train across the Isthmus while there in the Army in the Sixties... I'll never forget the sight out of the train windows of ocean-going ships appearing to float through the Jungle - since w...  more »
  • The city of Colon feels very dangerous due to extreme poverty and it's run down roads and buildings. The yard of the train station is locked and safe. The security guard spoke excellent English and le...  more »
  • the only train of the world that takes you from an ocean to another in an hour. with views of the panama canal that if you are lucky you can see some wild animal released
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