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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