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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Riding India’s railways
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My journey on the great railways of India began on October 23, 2012. The trip not only marked my first visit to India, it was also the first time that I had ever travelled on real trains because my home country, Nepal, does not have a proper rail network.

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World Railways Today
Railway Gazette - 8/31/2005 11:59:18 PM
An outline history of each country's rail network is given, with a map and information on train operators. Each entry is illustrated with a range of photos highlighting the variety of the world's trains ... A table summarises the railways of each country ...

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