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Countries with the largest railway networks

Sunday, November 20, 2016 17:50
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Rank Country Railway length
(km)
Date of
information
Notes Electrified length
(km)
Historic peak length
(km)
Area (km2) per km track Population per km track Nationalized or Private
1  United States 250,000 2014   <1,600 409,000 43.71 1,373 Private
2  China 121,000 2015   65,000 Present length 79.31 11,218 Nationalized
3  India 115000 2016   27,999 48.34 17,796 Nationalized
4  Russia 86,000 2013  “Commercial operational length” (50,000)
not verified
198.82 1,669 Nationalized
5  Canada 46,552 2008   129 214.48 716 Private
6  Germany 43,468 2010   19,973 58,297 8.22 1,881 Nationalized
7  Australia 38,445 2008   2,715 199.94 572 Both
8  Argentina 36,966 2008   136 47,000 77.45 1117 Nationalized
9  South Africa 31,000 2014 not verified 24,800 39.39 1,742 Nationalized
10  France 29,640 2008   15,140 21.53 2201 Nationalized
11  Brazil 29,303 (2012) 1,520 285.57 6397 Private
12  Japan 27,182 2009   16,702 16.10 5451 Both
13  Italy 24,179 (2007) 16,683 12.46 2507 Both
14  Ukraine 22,300 (2010) 9,752 27.07 2048 Nationalized
15  Romania 22,298 (2008) 3,971 10.69 854 Both
16  Poland 19,627 (2008) 17,358 about 24000 before 1989 15.93 1946 Nationalized
17  United Kingdom 17,732 (2008) 5,328 34,000 (before Beeching axe) 15.00 3825 Both (Franchised)
18  Mexico 17,166 2008   22 114.43 6,697 Private
19  Spain 15,947 (2012)   9,623 33.55 3062 Nationalized
20  Kazakhstan 15,372 (2010)   4,000 180.71 1,171 Nationalized

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