Panama Canal Railway, 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 Panama Canal Railway 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 Panama Canal Railway 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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  • We leave Panama City bus at 12:00 pm, arrived at 1 pm at Colon, unfortunately in Colon there is nothing to do, so had lunch at McDonald and we hope there until 16:00 pm, then walked about 6 or 7 blocks to the train station to return to the city of Panama. Good trip with car heated with quite a few foreigners.
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  • 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 »
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  • Excellent alternative to Colon. The route runs along the Panama Canal and thus you can admire the landscape, nature or a ship in transit. The staff is cordial to serve coffee or tea and deliver you a snack for during or after the trip. The best way to get to Columbus.
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