In 1848 the United States of America incorporate The Panama Railroad in New York. The next year a survey was done in Panama and the Americans found hard conditions for the construction, like very heavy rain that sometimes lasted three days, very dense jungles, undependable workers and problems with the timber to be used for the construction. Even that, the construction began in 1850.
George Totten and John Trautwine were the contractors hired for this important construction. This train became a passengers train business. Many ups and lows experienced this business until 1977 when the Panama Railroad was turned over to the panamanian government whether its bad conditions and almost bankrupted. Later, the government of Panama started a process of privatization and the railroad future got another chance to survive.
The Panama Canal Railway Company got the concession on February 18th. 1998 through approval of the Panamanian National Assembly and the transisthmus train started another era.
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