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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  • I loved traveling on the Panama Canal Railway. As the name suggests it more or less follows the Panama Canal, but it's not "on the banks" of the canal for most of it's length. Having said that there a...  more »
  • We paid a little extra to sit in the dome car of this train, and it was worth it. The train roughly follows the Canal route but there is lots of foliage by the side of the tracks and it's sometimes po...  more »
  • We cruised through the Gutan Locks to the lake and tendered to shore. We then boarded a bus that took us to the outskirts of Panama City to catch the train back to Colon. The bus ride was interesting,...  more »