Moonlight Rails

Snapshot of tram rails formerly used in Panama City at the turn of the century. Only nostalgia remains of this romantic era of the construction of the Panama Canal. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R./Michael Moore

4 thoughts on “Moonlight Rails”

  1. Morning Richard:

    I’m afraid the frantic pace of construction going on in the city is destroying iconic buildings and other structures, which our future generations will never see. The trams of Panama are only embedded in red bricks at Casco Viejo. Unfortunately they went the way of the Dodo.

    Happy New Year, my dear friend.


  2. It’s a beautiful photograph, if a sad reality. It takes years, if not decades or centuries, to build some of these treasures. Then, gone. As if overnight, and as if they had no value in the past and could have no value in the future. Sad.

  3. Hello Linda:

    Many historical treasures have been lost over the years. They only exist in rumors, legends, myths, oral stories and ancient scrolls. For whatever reasons they disappeared from the surface of the earth. Treasures like the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and, I could go on for a long time, are all gone.

    I’m doing my best to take pictures of buildings and structures in Panama that could also vanish from this country with the passing of time. At least future generations can view the pictures of how they were. For example, the Miller House, The Lechería, the Domingo Díaz Mansion, the Panama Canal Ferries, and the Old Union Club are now only blurred memories of the past.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of the remaining rails of the old streetcars of Panama City at the turn of the century.



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