Panama and Back

Just back from my Hols visiting the Panama Canal. I was very excited to go for a ride on the Panama Canal Railway which was built in 1855, long before the Panama Canal was built. Much of the 47 miles of tack was carved out of the rainforest. We travelled along in beautifully restored colonial style carriages.

For our techies, the locomotive was an F40 bought from Amtrak. These are rated at 3250hp and have ‘head-end’ power, which allows PCRC to supply electricity not only to the passenger coaches but also to reefer containers of the intermodal trains. PCRC operates the ‘push-pull concept’ on the passenger coaches whereby a locomotive is positioned at each end of the train, thereby eliminating the need for switching.

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