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Publisher:  Piggy Press ISBN-10:  9962629683


Copyright:  December 13, 2009 ISBN-13:  9789962629689

Cuento bilingüe en español y inglés que relata la historia de la construcción del primer ferrocarril transcontinental del mundo.

Bilingual story in Spanish and English that recounts the story of the construction of the world's first transcontinental railroad.

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Miles de trabajadores incógnitos de tantos países trabajaron sin descanso y bajo gran peligro durante la construcción del ferrocarril que unió la ciudad caribeña de Colón con la ciudad de Panamá en el pacífico, convirtiéndolo en el primer ferrocarril transcontinental del mundo. Esta es su historia.

Thousands of unknown workers from so many countries toiled incessantly and under great danger during the construction of the railroad that joined the Atlantic city of Colon with the Pacific city of Panama, making it the world’s first transcontinental railway. This is its story.


Era casi medianoche y llovía a cántaros. El coronel G. W. Totten, Jefe Ingeniero del Ferrocarril de Panamá, se paró en la línea divisoria en Summit, a 786 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Levantó un mazo de nueve libras y martilló el último clavo a los rieles que conectaban 76.8 kilómetros de la vía férrea.
Tempranito al día siguiente, el coronel Totten, junto con el señor A. J. Center, Vice-Presidente del Ferrocarril, el doctor T. C. Barker, uno de los médicos de la empresa, y distinguidos invitados, descendieron de Summit hacia la Ciudad de Panamá en el Primer Ferrocarril Intercontinental del mundo. Era el 28 de enero de 1855.
¿Cómo comenzó todo?

Under rain-filled midnight skies, Colonel G. W. Totten, Chief Engineer of the Panama Railroad, stood atop the continental divide at Summit, 258 feet above sea level. He hefted a nine-pound maul and hammered the last spike into the rails that connected 47 ¾ miles
of tracks.
Early the next morning, Colonel Totten, in the company of Mr. A. J. Center, Vice-President of the Railroad, Dr. T. C. Barker, one of its medical officers, and a few distinguished guests, descended the Summit toward Panama City on the world’s first Intercontinental Railroad. It was January 28, 1855.
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