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, 2014

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Reuters - 11/23/2015 10:59:18 AM
Asked by Reuters where he wanted to go, the man, a 34-year-old electrical engineer named Hamid, said: "To any free country in the world. I cannot go back ... Iranians and others blocked the railway line running between the two countries, halting at ...

Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?
BBC - 11/23/2015 12:25:12 PM
Mr Getachew expresses bewilderment at the World Bank and Western donors such as the European ... which controls much of the country. As one Ethiopian rail enthusiast put it: "Maybe Mr Getachew will be remembered not only as Ethiopia's Brunel but as a ...

Japan: Dementia lessons from the world’s oldest country
The Star - 11/22/2015 11:57:45 AM
But to the Central Japan Railway Company, it was negligence ... for which there is no known cure — age is the greatest risk factor. No country has gotten older faster than Japan, the world’s first “super-aged” nation. In the early ’60s, Japan ...

Stranded refugees block railway, call hunger strike
Times of India - 11/24/2015 1:18:17 AM
Read More IDOMENI, GREECE: Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece's northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage ... said: "To any free country in the world. I cannot go back. I will be hanged." Hundreds of thousands ...

HS2 is most expensive line in world: £42.6bn and budget 10 times that of others
Express & Star - 11/24/2015 5:57:28 AM
The current £42.6 billion budget makes it more than 10 times the cost per kilometre of other major countries. The price has been ... “If it is built, HS2 would be the most expensive railway in the history of the world, surely sucking up the entire ...

CRRC, the World’s Largest Railway Transportation Supplier, Selects Gilat to Bring Satellite Connectivity to All Its Trains, Worldwide
NASDAQ - 11/19/2015 7:29:18 AM
It has built the world leading rail transit equipment technology platform and manufacturing ... Its products have been exported to around 100 countries and regions in 6 continents. The export of products has also been changing to export of technologies ...

Migrants on Greece-Macedonia border protest decision to block those from non-war countries
FOX News - 11/21/2015 2:43:35 PM
A few set up their tents along the border and continued blocking the railway line between Greece and Macedonia for a third day. Macedonian authorities took the decision to exclude migrants from non-war countries earlier this week on the heels of similar ...

Belgrade-Budapest high-speed rail to begin construction by year end: Chinese Premier
China Daily - 11/24/2015 9:46:32 AM
SUZHOU -- Construction of a high-speed rail link between Serbian and Hungarian capitals ... economic and trade forum between China and central and eastern European (CEE) countries, Li said the train link, which will cut travel time between Belgrade and ...

Italy to sell stake in state-owned railway
Australian Financial Review - 11/23/2015 11:16:36 PM
Italy has unveiled plans to sell up to 40 per cent of Ferrovie dello Stato, the country's state-owned railway group, as the government seeks to step up its privatisation programme to pay down the country's high debt load. The push to sell off a chunk of ...

New rail route proposed from Urumqi to Iran
Pakistan Defence - 11/22/2015 5:24:03 AM
They have built rail line to the roof of the world - Tibet. By comparison this is far easier ... Rest is easy as it is mostly open steppe country or desert. the areas from which railway route goes through mostly a difficult hilly terrain

World Economies
Dawn - 11/23/2015 1:55:16 AM
Situated on the western tip of North Africa, Morocco is classified as a lower-middle-income country by the World Bank with GDP at current prices ... mainly in energy and standard gauge railways, will strengthen growth in the medium term.

A blood thirsty world?
Pakistan Observer - 11/22/2015 12:44:52 AM
That is the time to strike and get whatever the developed country wants as acceptable. The developing world is unable to even protest at ... is another indication of the inefficiencies of the Railways and the kick in the pants of the Minister who talks ...

India Among the Most Open Economies in the World: PM Modi at ASEAN Summit
NDTV - 11/21/2015 10:50:20 PM
This, he said, has also resulted in foreign investment inflows growing 40 per cent this year, and the country jumping six places in Unctad's ranking of investment attractiveness and the World Economic ... defence and railways, permissions for approvals ...

The GOP’s mind-bending guide to government: What happens when you let carnival barkers run the free world
Salon - 11/23/2015 6:55:55 AM
And how has he not been yanked off the stage and hauled away on an old-timey rail? The very fact that he’s describing ... And as long as half the country continues to act like cats terrified of cucumbers in the face of the ISIS threat, the more political ...

Commentary: Premier's blueprint for Chinese economy emphasizes reforms, benefits world growth
Xinhua News Agency - 11/22/2015 11:50:35 AM
Amid a sluggish recovery of the world economy, China has been facing the pressure of a significant economic slowdown. However, the country has refrained from ... of indicators such as power consumption, rail-cargo volume and new bank credit in gauging ...

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