Departure from Guatemala towards Puerto Barrios
Main train station in Guatemala City is located untypically on a branch from the main track. It can be directly accessed only from the Pacific side (originally from Puerto San José or Mexico). Trains heading towards Puerto Barrios must first back up to the main track and then bypass the station on the left-hand side. There are not many similar examples in the world. I cannot tell why it was built like that, but probably historical development played its role: The line from the Pacific came first and there was no space for building a direct line in the opposite direction later.
The line is surrounded by discarded railcars from both sides. The tracks of the main station in Guatemala City are located on the left-hand side.
© Jan Peula, 2004