Country Comparison > Railways > TOP 20

RankCountryRailways (km)
1United States224,792
14South Africa20,192
17United Kingdom16,454

Definition: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, standard, narrow, and dual. Other gauges are listed under note.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

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The 125-kilometre railway line with connect Imphal the capital of Manipur The biggest assignment the Railways has been working on is Bridge No 164, which will have a proposed pier height of 141 metres, making it the tallest girder rail bridge in the world. Des

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This is just the start of festive season, and on one hand Indian Railways is trying to woo business class ... And overall, India is the 14th least expensive country to travel in the world. Here are average travel costs in India for various modes of transport.

World Railways Today
Railway Gazette - 8/31/2005 11:59:18 PM
Each entry is illustrated with a range of photos highlighting the variety of the world's trains, stations and infrastructure ... A table summarises the railways of each country, and a glossary translates important acronyms into Japanese.

Railways in a complete mess
Pakistan Observer - 8/19/2014 7:58:52 PM
Indian Railways is world’s number eight largest employer with more than ... No one is ready for surgery of these ailing departments, which are one of the largest employers of country. On 9th August, I travelled by train from Karachi to Rawalpindi to ...

Slow train to a lost Britain: discovering a magical world barely changed since the golden age of rail
Daily Mail - 4/2/2010 9:53:59 PM
Of course, Britain’s railways haven’t really been like this ... are fit only to run in the Third World. (Which, indeed, some of them do, since the only other country apart from Britain that operates Pacer trains is Iran.) There are interminable ...

Which country has the largest railway network in the World?
Times of India - 1/15/2005 11:57:41 PM
The US has the largest railway system in the world - about 240,000 km connecting 48 continental ... India comes fifth with 62,658 km of railroad after Canada and China. Indian Railways is owned by the government, and is the largest under a single management.

China's Railways World Leader, Except In Service
CBS News - 2/1/2011 11:59:02 PM
China's 91,000 kilometers (56,400 miles) of railways are the world's longest and, in some cases, the fastest. The country's drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals its space program in terms of national pride and importance. But the annual scrum ...

Railways to roll out world’s biggest ERP project by Aug
Financial Express - 5/30/2008 3:58:28 PM
SummaryIndian Railways is gearing up to roll out its ambitious ERP programme by August this year, which would cover all its 25 lakh past and present employees and is being touted as the biggest such exercise in the world. Indian Railways is gearing up to ...

World's tallest bridge at Kauri in Jammu constructed by Konkan Railways
Meri News - 11/4/2007 11:54:12 PM
THE WORLD'S tallest ... project of the Konkan Railways, the Chenab Bridge, as it would be designated on completion, would rise 359 metres above the bed of the mighty and tumultuous Chenab, with Kauri emerging as the centre of the country’s attraction ...

Global railway management system market forecast to be worth US$36Bn by 2019
Live-PR - 8/27/2014 4:54:36 AM
The railway industry holds a strategic impact upon the economy of a country. For the efficient management of the railways, a system with the help of the modern technology has become a necessity. The concept of railway management system is thus introduced ...

15,000 die on Indian railways every year
The Independent - 2/21/2012 11:53:24 PM
The committee said Indian Railways – which has an estimated 1.5m staff and is among the world’s largest employers – has much ... excrement has corroded a significant percentage of the country’s 70,000 miles of tracks. Dr Anil Kakodkar, head ...

Russian Railways paid billions to secretive private companies
Globe and Mail - 5/23/2014 9:36:04 PM
In the world’s biggest country, railways are still a route to riches. With nearly 1 billion passengers a year and $42-billion in annual sales, the state company Russian Railways is a giant commercial opportunity. At its head is Vladimir Yakunin ...

Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries
The World Bank - 7/11/2014 2:37:04 AM
It has been accomplished at a cost which is at most two-thirds of that in other countries. A new World Bank paper ... low cost of high speed railway construction in China. According to the paper titled High-Speed Railways in China: A Look at Construction ...

RAILEX NE: Model railways bonanza for North Shields as miniature railway display arrives - 8/22/2014 5:24:59 PM
Dutch visitor Hans Louvet made tracks towards a North East show which explores the world of miniature railways. Hans is showcasing two ... There will be also be trade stands from across the country. Tickets for the event are £6 for adults, £3 for children.

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