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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World Bank to lend $650m for Indian rail project
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NEW DELHI: The World Bank said on Wednesday it had cleared a $650 million loan for a huge Indian freight rail corridor that will span 1,840 kms (1,140 miles) across the northern heartland of the country. Construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight ...

World Bank to lend $650 million for 1,840 km long Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor between Ludhiana and Kolkata
Economic Times - 7/1/2015 12:54:00 PM
NEW DELHI: The World Bank said on Wednesday it had cleared a $650 million loan for a huge Indian freight rail corridor that will span 1,840 kms (1,140 miles) across the northern heartland of the country. Construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight ...

Bangladesh railways to get $505 million loan for expansion
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China joins global elite in fast rail
AsiaOne - 6/29/2015 3:30:52 AM
China has become a world leader in high-speed railway technology ... marking a new chapter in China's high-speed railways," he said, adding that only a handful of countries are capable of manufacturing the sophisticated apparatus, including Germany and ...

World Bank approves $650 mn loan for Eastern Freight Corridor
Financial Express - 7/1/2015 2:48:32 PM
The corridor, which will pass through states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, will benefit from the new rail infrastructure, bringing jobs and much-needed development to some of India’s poorest regions,” World Bank Country Director (India) Onno Ruhl said.

Toilets with Piped Music for Rich, Open Defecation on Rail Tracks for Poor
Inter Press Service - 6/30/2015 9:30:35 PM
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Indian Railway Team wins World Railway Championship 2015 in Tennis & Volleyball - 6/23/2015 7:37:11 PM
... railways sporting association with members from various countries. The purpose of USIC is to encourage the practice of amateur sport among railway employees in all over the world a spirit of comradeship and in accordance with the Olympic ideal and to ...

From the archive, 2 July 1915: Women can work on the railways - 7/2/2015 4:31:44 AM
and a limited number will be engaged in this capacity all over the country. Clerical Work.- With the disappearance of competition among the companies one of the strongest objections to the employment of women railway clerks goes, and they will be employed ...

Katra-Bannihal link, with world's highest rail bridge, to be ready by 2020
Net India 123 - 6/24/2015 6:53:03 PM
"It would be completed by 2020." "This section of the rail link will have the world's highest bridge at 359 metres, he added. "With its completion, the valley will finally be connected with the rest of the country through railways." Earlier, Prime Minister ...

'We will never join a boycott against Israel,' says Canadian railway giant
YNET News - 7/2/2015 11:19:45 AM
Bombardier is considered one of the world's largest manufacturers of railway equipment, and operates in 141 countries. In 2014, the company's profits amounted to 20.1 billion Euros. Double-deck coaches have been a success at Israel Railways (Photo ...

AIIB shows center of world economic gravity moving east
ECNS - 6/30/2015 5:09:54 AM
The diversion of these countries' attention away from the US to China ... second largest number of high-impact academic journal papers in the world. China started the first high speed railway 30 years later than Europe, but by 2014, has built 16,000 ...

China Proposes EC, Railway Line to Link Tibet With India, Nepal
The New Indian Express - 7/2/2015 6:19:06 AM
If we can reach an agreement on feasibility we are ready to push forward it as it will bring benefit to the three countries," he said. He also spoke about China's interest to build railway line through the Himalayan passes of Tibet connecting Nepal and India.

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