"The train moved along in its own time-taking fashion, covering in two hours and a half the forty miles across the continent, so slowly that I could make notes of motives, though I saw little of the Canal. But impressions got for one's self in this way are worth endless pointing out by other people. Here and there were glimpses. Once or twice we crossed the Canal bed. Here and there huge cranes loomed against the sky; abandoned locomotives crowned hilltops in lines. Native villages still lingered in swampy clearings, though mostly huts were exchanged for old freight-cars." Joseph Pennell.