The Panama Railway traverses the Isthmus of Panama and it was the world's first transcontinental railroad. It was inaugurated in 1855 before the Canal was built, and it transported thousands of people and tons of cargo between the city of Aspinwal (present-day Colon) and Panama City. During the Gold Rush, it was boarded by countless adventurers and settlers from the east coast of North America bound for California. Seduced by the promise of fortune, these travelers made the railroad the most profitable of all time. Each adult had to pay an exorbitant fee of 25 dollars (more than 800 dollars today) for just a four-hour, 50-mile trip. The railroad later played an essential role during the construction of the Canal, and today it moves containers between the Atlantic and Pacific ports. In its passenger train, it is possible to make the journey between the two oceans in one hour, through the forest of Soberania National Park and bordering Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal.
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