The idea was to build a railroad across the steaming jungles of Costa Rica linking the country’s inland capital at San Jose to its main eastern port at Limon. The 95-mile-long project was aimed at making it quicker to carry coffee — Costa Rica’s principal export — from the plantations to the port vs. the decades-old system of moving the goods by ox carts plodding over horrid dirt roads.
Work on the railroad, originally expected to take five or so years, got underway in 1869. The first train rolled out 21 years later.
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Source : HuffingtonPost.Com