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    Shipping on water is still the most economical means of getting large amounts of goods from one place to another. And if a dam is in the way, this may be the best way to get around it. And as far as the Panama Canal goes, there is currently a project starting to basically double the size at the cost of about $5 billlion.

    http://news.independent.co.uk/busine...cle3157803.ece

    It was the smaller canals that were not able to successfully compete against the railroads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrad Fischroy
    Shipping on water is still the most economical means of getting large amounts of goods from one place to another. And if a dam is in the way, this may be the best way to get around it. And as far as the Panama Canal goes, there is currently a project starting to basically double the size at the cost of about $5 billlion.

    http://news.independent.co.uk/busine...cle3157803.ece

    It was the smaller canals that were not able to successfully compete against the railroads
    I agree, water is cheap. And there's no argument from me about Panama or Suez Canal type projects. A 30 mile trip across Panama is much easier than a 10,000 mile trip around Cape Horn. If only they had made it a sea level canal as originally planned.

    I'm still interested in learning where that thing is. A large reservoir somewhere in Russia that apparently is still moving quite a bit of cargo by water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrad Fischroy
    It was the smaller canals that were not able to successfully compete against the railroads
    Its amazing the canals that used to traverse the east. From the well known Erie Canal to canals connecting Lake Erie and the Ohio River in West Virginia. I think there's an old canal/rail system that connected the Potomac and Pittsburgh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    Its amazing the canals that used to traverse the east. From the well known Erie Canal to canals connecting Lake Erie and the Ohio River in West Virginia. I think there's an old canal/rail system that connected the Potomac and Pittsburgh.

    Do you mean this one?

    http://www.atatrail.org/

    A portion of this trail runs from DC out to Cumberland, MD on the towpath ot the C&O canal. The whole trail system runs west to Pittsburgh

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    That's it. There was an article about that in a recent NG Adventure Magazine.
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