Photo of the Week
October 28, 2007 

Another really great old colorized photo post card is featured this week.  I recently came across this card and had to have it to share with all of you.  This is the Gatun Train Station in it's prime.  This rugged stone building can be seen in many early photos of the old Gatun Station.  This is by far the best I have ever seen.   I have looked through several of my reference books, and didn't find any history about this old building.  I would love to get a historical narrative as to when, why, who, etc. that it came into existence.  It is different very different from all the other stations built in that era.  It is a bit similar to the Colon Train Station of the same era and may have followed suit from the Colon construction.   I have no idea when it was demolished, and don't know why.  The open air portion of the station between the stone building and the large building in the distance is all I remember of the Gatun Station in my days.  I remember seeing evidence of the long past building foundation of this grand old building.  It was then a parking lot.  The large building in the distance is the large original Gatun Commissary, which was also demolished.

Do you remember the old baggage wagons as shown in on the platform?  I remember them at Balboa and Cristobal Train Stations in my time. I wonder what ever happened to them.

As I said, this is when Gatun was in it's prime.  A super center of transportation and logistics only in the memories printed with photos such as this week's photo of the week.

Never forget our Canal Zone and what America did there to make it what it is today.

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