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Railways / total

This page shows the value of the Railways / total information field for all countries in the Country Guide.

Notes on this field are available at the Information Field Notes page.

Afghanistan

24.6 km

Albania

670 km

Algeria

4,820 km (301 km electrified; 215 km double track)

Angola

2,952 km (inland, much of the track is unusable because of land mines still in place from the civil war)

Antigua and Barbuda

77 km

Argentina

38,326 km (160 km electrified)

Armenia

825 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Australia

33,819 km (2,540 km electrified)

Austria

6,123 km (3,523 km electrified)

Azerbaijan

2,125 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Bangladesh

2,745 km

Belarus

5,563 km

Belgium

3,437 km (2,446 km electrified; 2,563 km double track)

Benin

578 km (single track)

Bolivia

3,691 km (single track)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1,021 km (electrified 795 km; operating as diesel or steam until grids are repaired)

Botswana

971 km

Brazil

27,882 km (1,122 km electrified); note - excludes urban rail

Brunei

13 km (private line)

Bulgaria

4,294 km

Burkina Faso

622 km (517 km from Ouagadougou to the Cote d'Ivoire border and 105 km from Ouagadougou to Kaya)

Cambodia

603 km

Cameroon

1,104 km

Canada

36,114 km; note - there are two major transcontinental freight railway systems: Canadian National (privatized November 1995) and Canadian Pacific Railway; passenger service provided by government-operated firm VIA, which has no trackage of its own

Chile

6,782 km

China

65,650 km (including 5,400 km of provincial "local" rails)

Colombia

3,380 km

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

5,138 km (1995); note - severely reduced route-distance in use because of damage to facilities by civil strife

Congo, Republic of the

795 km (includes 285 km private track)

Costa Rica

950 km

Cote d'Ivoire

660 km

Croatia

2,296 km

Cuba

4,807 km

Czech Republic

9,435 km

Denmark

2,859 km (508 km privately owned and operated)

Djibouti

100 km (Djibouti segment of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad)

Dominican Republic

757 km

Ecuador

812 km (single track)

Egypt

4,955 km

El Salvador

602 km (single track; note - some sections abandoned, unusable, or operating at reduced capacity)

Equatorial Guinea

0 km

Eritrea

317 km

Estonia

1,018 km common carrier lines only; does not include dedicated industrial lines

Ethiopia

681 km (Ethiopian segment of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad)

Fiji

597 km; note - belongs to the government-owned Fiji Sugar Corporation

Finland

5,865 km

France

31,939 km (31,940 km are operated by French National Railways (SNCF); 14,176 km of SNCF routes are electrified and 12,132 km are double- or multiple-tracked)

Gabon

649 km (Gabon State Railways or OCTRA)

Gaza Strip

NA km; note - one line, abandoned and in disrepair, little trackage remains

Georgia

1,583 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Germany

40,826 km including at least 14,253 km electrified and 14,768 km double- or multiple-tracked (1998) (Note: since privatization in 1994, Deutsche Bahn AG (DBAG) no longer publishes details of the tracks it owns; in addition to the DBAG system there are 102 privately owned railway companies which own an approximate 3,000 km to 4,000 km of the total tracks)

Ghana

953 km (undergoing major rehabilitation)

Gibraltar

NA km; 1.000-m gauge system in dockyard area only

Greece

2,548 km

Guadeloupe

NA km; privately-owned, narrow-gauge plantation lines

Guatemala

884 km (102 km privately owned)

Guinea

1,086 km

Guyana

187 km (all dedicated to ore transport)

Haiti

40 km (single track; privately owned industrial line) - closed in early 1990s

Holy See (Vatican City)

862 m; note - connects to Italy's network at Rome's Saint Peter's station

Honduras

595 km

Hong Kong

34 km

Hungary

7,606 km

India

62,915 km (12,307 km electrified; 12,617 km double track)

Indonesia

6,458 km

Iraq

2,032 km

Ireland

1,947 km

Israel

610 km

Italy

19,394 km

Jamaica

370 km

Japan

23,670.7 km

Jordan

677 km

Juan de Nova Island

NA km; short line going to a jetty

Kazakhstan

14,400 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Kenya

2,778 km

Korea, North

5,000 km

Korea, South

6,240 km

Kyrgyzstan

370 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Latvia

2,412 km

Lebanon

399 km (mostly unusable because of damage in civil war)

Lesotho

2.6 km; note - owned by, operated by, and included in the statistics of South Africa

Liberia

490 km (328 km single track); note - three rail systems owned and operated by foreign steel and financial interests in conjunction with the Liberian Government; one of these, the Lamco Railroad, closed in 1989 after iron ore production ceased; the other two were shut down by the civil war; large sections of the rail lines have been dismantled; approximately 60 km of railroad track was exported for scrap

Liechtenstein

18.5 km; note - owned, operated, and included in statistics of Austrian Federal Railways

Lithuania

2,002 km

Luxembourg

274 km

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

699 km

Madagascar

883 km

Malawi

789 km

Malaysia

1,801 km

Mali

729 km (linked to Senegal's rail system through Kayes)

Man, Isle of

68.5 km (43.5 km electrified)

Mauritania

704 km (single track); note - owned and operated by government mining company

Mexico

31,048 km

Moldova

1,328 km

Monaco

1.7 km

Mongolia

1,928 km

Morocco

1,907 km

Mozambique

3,131 km

Myanmar

3,991 km

Namibia

2,382 km

Nauru

3.9 km; note - used to haul phosphates from the center of the island to processing facilities on the southwest coast

Nepal

101 km; note - all in Kosi close to Indian border

Netherlands

2,739 km

New Zealand

3,913 km

Nigeria

3,557 km

Norway

4,012 km

Pakistan

8,163 km

Panama

355 km

Paraguay

971 km

Peru

1,988 km

Philippines

492 km (an additional 405 km are not in operation)

Poland

23,420 km

Portugal

2,850 km

Puerto Rico

96 km

Romania

11,385 km (3,888 km electrified)

Russia

150,000 km; note - 87,000 km in common carrier service; 63,000 km serve specific industries and are not available for common carrier use

Saint Kitts and Nevis

58 km

Saudi Arabia

1,390 km

Senegal

906 km

Serbia and Montenegro

4,095 km

Sierra Leone

84 km used on a limited basis because the mine at Marampa is closed

Singapore

38.6 km

Slovakia

3,660 km

Slovenia

1,201 km

South Africa

21,431 km

Spain

13,950 km

Sri Lanka

1,463 km

Sudan

5,311 km

Suriname

166 km (single track)

Swaziland

297 km; note - includes 71 km which are not in use

Sweden

12,821 km (includes 3,594 km of privately-owned railways)

Switzerland

4,492 km (1,564 km double track)

Syria

2,750 km

Taiwan

2,481 km (519 km electrified)

Tajikistan

480 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines (1990)

Tanzania

3,569 km (1995)

Thailand

3,940 km

Togo

525 km (1995)

Tunisia

2,168 km

Turkey

8,607 km

Turkmenistan

2,187 km

Uganda

1,241 km

Ukraine

23,350 km

United Kingdom

16,878 km

United States

240,000 km mainline routes (nongovernment owned)

Uruguay

2,073 km

Uzbekistan

3,380 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines

Venezuela

584 km (248 km privately owned)

Vietnam

2,652 km

World

1,201,337 km includes about 190,000 to 195,000 km of electrified routes of which 147,760 km are in Europe, 24,509 km in the Far East, 11,050 km in Africa, 4,223 km in South America, and 4,160 km in North America; note - fastest speed in daily service is 300 km/hr attained by France's Societe Nationale des Chemins-de-Fer Francais (SNCF) Le Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) - Atlantique line

Zambia

2,164 km (1995)

Zimbabwe

2,759 km (1995)
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