I was out a drive this morning with my toddler son – I often take him up to Pedro Miguel locks to see the boats going through. On our way there today we were stopped at the level crossing as the Panama Canal Railway train was passing loaded with containers. I was lucky enough to be at the front of the queue and managed to capture this on my phone.
The video certainly shows the length of these trains – the number of containers they carry is mind-boggling.
The Panama Canal Railway trains go back and forward between Panama City on the Pacific side and Colón 50 miles away on the Atlantic side. I think some ships offload their cargo at one end of the canal and it is picked up at the other end by a different ship – but this is sheer speculation on my part!
At the end of the video the camera pans to the right and you can just see a ship that has passed through the locks. This ship was directly in front of the level crossing as the train was approaching, so it actually moved through surprisingly quickly.