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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Passengers packed into sweltering carriages, overflowing toilets, clueless staff and police called to quell a mutiny: My Bank Holiday nightmare on Britain's Third World ...
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Narendra Modi: India needs world class infrastructure
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India’s train problems are derailing its economy - 8/27/2014 3:17:22 PM
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Riding India’s railways
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Most of the time I was doing what I was there to do: observing and trying to capture the most significant and fascinating aspects of India’s railways. In a country that is the seventh largest in the world by area and the second largest in the world by ... says Railways of the World by Aloha businessman is best family game of 2010
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Indian Railways: rattling on at 160
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China set to pump billions of dollars in India ; outwit Japan
India TV - 9/14/2014 12:54:19 PM
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Russian Railways may get $2bn from NWF to buy Mechel rail link
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MOSCOW: Russian Railways may get 70 billion roubles ($2 billion) from the country's National Wealth Fund to buy a rail link belonging to miner Mechel, Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass news agency on Thursday. He said the deal ...

Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries
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The Economics of India’s Railways
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Which country has the largest railway network in the World?
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75 years ago Britain’s Railways prepare for war
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The UK railways were World leaders at places like Bristol Temple Meads ... were not found wanting serving the country. Train travel in the UK should be a pleasure, not a headache. So if you’re taking a train on the UK railway, start your journey here.

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