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by asdf on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 at 02:00:55 PM EST
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In theory, it is not entirely impossible that the Panama Canal construction company ran both coal and wood burners, say if there were different subcontractors or different work groups within the same company that made separate orders for different uses. But if coal was imported for one anyway... Also, methinks they must have used some steam-powered digging machinery, too, so coal might have been needed anyway.

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by DoDo on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 at 02:46:13 PM EST
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It can be noted that coal was in the same era imported to California from Oregon and Australia (It think Hughes mentions it in Networks of Power). So longdistance would not be anything new.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 at 03:07:47 PM EST
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