Mules, Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal

A Mule Climbs A Hill
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One of the mules climbed a hill as the ship neared a lock gate. The mule used a gear engaging a slotted metal grove as an aid in climbing.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  (Photo taken 09:52:00 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2516
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Mule Entered Maintenance Building
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One of the mules had just entered a maintenance building. The mules run on tracks so are technically a railroad engine.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  (Photo taken 10:11:48 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2544
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Mule Just Exited Maintenance Building
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One of the mules had just exited the maintenance building. Notice the cables hooked on a yellow ballard while not in use guiding ships.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  (Photo taken 10:12:37 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2548
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Mule Rose Again
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One of the mules was rising the last hill up to the last lock of the three Gatun Locks.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  (Photo taken 10:16:00 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2557
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Centennial Mule
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A mule passed by the operations building that had a sign showing the centennial of the canal.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  (Photo taken 10:16:47 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2561
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Video Of Mule Descending
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Video of a mule following a ship from one lock into the next and running downhill to do so.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  9° 16' 21.69" N, 79° 55' 23.41" W   •  (Photo taken 10:19:03 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2565
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Mule Reached End Of Line
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One of the mules that had led out a ship through the locks finally reached the end of the line. Notice the switch track so that the mules could return on the inside track and work on the outside track.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  9° 16' 21.01" N, 79° 55' 21.60" W   •  (Photo taken 11:11:21 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2610
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Slotted Metal For Hills
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Here you can see the slotted metal in the center of the tracks. The mule engaged a gear with those slots to aid in climbing and descending. The aid was needed because the mules weigh 14 tons and the rails themselves did not provide sufficient traction.


Mules Of The Gatun Locks, The Panama Canal external link   •  9° 16' 21.01" N, 79° 55' 21.60" W   •  (Photo taken 11:12:55 Sunday 25 May 2014)   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 June 2014)   •  © 2014 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C14_2623
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