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Country
Railways (km)
Albania total: 447 km
standard gauge: 447 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Algeria total: 3,973 km
standard gauge: 2,888 km 1.435-m gauge (283 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,085 km 1.055-m gauge (2003)
Angola total: 2,761 km
narrow gauge: 2,638 km 1.067-m gauge; 123 km 0.600-m gauge (2003)
Argentina total: 34,091 km (167 km electrified)
broad gauge: 20,594 km 1.676-m gauge (141 km electrified)
standard gauge: 2,885 km 1.435-m gauge (26 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 10,375 km 1.000-m gauge; 237 km 0.750-m gauge (2003)
Armenia total: 845 km
broad gauge: 845 km 1.520-m gauge (828 km electrified)
note: some lines are out of service (2003)
Australia total: 44,015 km (5,290 km electrified)
broad gauge: 1,957 km 1.600-m gauge
standard gauge: 27,095 km 1.435-m gauge (2,828 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 14,957 km 1.067-m gauge (2,462 km electrified)
dual gauge: 213 km dual gauge (2003)
Austria total: 6,021 km (3,552 km electrified)
standard gauge: 5,565 km 1.435-m gauge (3,430 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 34 km 1.000-m gauge (28 km electrified); 422 km 0.760-m gauge (94 km electrified) (2003)
Azerbaijan total: 2,957 km
broad gauge: 2,957 km 1.520-m gauge (1,278 km electrified) (2003)
Bangladesh total: 2,706 km
broad gauge: 884 km 1.676-m gauge
narrow gauge: 1,822 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Belarus total: 5,523 km
broad gauge: 5,523 km 1.520-m gauge (875 km electrified) (2003)
Belgium total: 3,518 km
standard gauge: 3,518 km 1.435-m gauge (2,631 km electrified) (2003)
Benin total: 578 km
narrow gauge: 578 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Bolivia total: 3,519 km
narrow gauge: 3,519 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Bosnia and Herzegovina total: 1,021 km (795 km electrified)
standard gauge: 1,021 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Botswana total: 888 km
narrow gauge: 888 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Brazil total: 29,412 km (1,610 km electrified)
broad gauge: 4,907 km 1.600-m gauge (942 km electrified)
standard gauge: 194 km 1.440-m gauge
narrow gauge: 23,915 km 1.000-m gauge (581 km electrified)
dual gauge: 396 km 1.000-m and 1.600-m gauges (three rails) (78 km electrified) (2003)
Bulgaria total: 4,294 km
standard gauge: 4,049 km 1.435-m gauge (2,710 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 245 km 0.760-m gauge (2003)
Burkina Faso total: 622 km
narrow gauge: 622 km 1.000-m gauge
note:: another 660 km of this railway extends into Cote D'Ivoire (2003)
Burma total: 3,955 km
narrow gauge: 3,955 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Cambodia total: 602 km
narrow gauge: 602 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Cameroon total: 1,008 km
narrow gauge: 1,008 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Canada total: 48,909 km
standard gauge: 48,909 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Chile total: 6,585 km
broad gauge: 2,831 km 1.676-m gauge (1,317 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 3,754 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
China total: 70,058 km
standard gauge: 68,000 km 1.435-m gauge (18,668 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 3,600 km 1.000-m and 0.750-m gauge local industrial lines
dual gauge: 22,640 km (not included in total) (2003)
Colombia total: 3,304 km
standard gauge: 150 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 3,154 km 0.914-m gauge (2003)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the total: 5,138 km
narrow gauge: 3,987 km 1.067-m gauge (858 km electrified); 125 km 1.000-m gauge; 1,026 km 0.600-m gauge (2003)
Congo, Republic of the total: 894 km
narrow gauge: 894 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Costa Rica total: 950 km
narrow gauge: 950 km 1.067-m gauge (260 km electrified) (2003)
Cote d'Ivoire total: 660 km
narrow gauge: 660 km 1.000-meter gauge
note: an additional 622 km of this railroad extends into Burkina Faso (2003)
Croatia total: 2,726 km
standard gauge: 2,726 km 1.435-m gauge (984 km electrified) (2003)
Cuba total: 4,226 km
standard gauge: 4,226 km 1.435-m gauge (140 km electrified)
note: an additional 7,742 km of track is used by sugar plantations; about 65% of this track is standard gauge; the rest is narrow gauge (2003)
Czech Republic total: 9,520 km
standard gauge: 9,421 km 1.435-m gauge (2,893 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 99 km 0.760-m gauge (2003)
Denmark total: 3,002 km
standard gauge: 3,002 km 1.435-m gauge (595 km electrified) (2003)
Djibouti total: 100 km (Djibouti segment of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway)
narrow gauge: 100 km 1.000-m gauge
note: railway under joint control of Djibouti and Ethiopia (2003)
Dominican Republic total: 1,743 km
standard gauge: 375 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 142 km 0.762-m gauge
note: additional 1,226 km operated by sugar companies in 1.076-m, 0.889-m, and 0.762-m gauges (2003)
Ecuador total: 966 km
narrow gauge: 966 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Egypt total: 5,063 km
standard gauge: 5,063 km 1.435-m gauge (62 km electrified) (2003)
El Salvador total: 283 km
narrow gauge: 283 km 0.914-m gauge
note: length of operational route reduced from 562 km to 283 km by disuse and lack of maintenance (2003)
Eritrea total: 306 km
narrow gauge: 306 km 0.950-m gauge
note: railway is being rebuilt; 117 km open (2003)
Estonia total: 958 km
broad gauge: 958 km 1.520-m/1.524-m gauge (132 km electrified)
note: gauge being increased from 1.520-m to 1.524-m to reduce wear on wheels and rail as lines are modernized (2003)
Ethiopia total: 681 km (Ethiopian segment of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad)
narrow gauge: 681 km 1.000-m gauge
note: railway under joint control of Djibouti and Ethiopia (2003)
Fiji total: 597 km
narrow gauge: 597 km 0.600-m gauge
note: belongs to the government-owned Fiji Sugar Corporation; used to haul sugarcane during harvest season (May to December) (2003)
Finland total: 5,851 km
broad gauge: 5,851 km 1.524-m gauge (2,400 km electrified) (2003)
France total: 32,175 km
standard gauge: 32,008 km 1.435-m gauge (14,320 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 167 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Gabon total: 814 km
standard gauge: 814 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Georgia total: 1,612 km (1,612 km electrified)
broad gauge: 1,575 km 1.520-m gauge (1,575 electrified)
narrow gauge: 37 km 0.912-m gauge (37 electrified) (2003)
Germany total: 46,039 km (20,100 km electrified)
standard gauge: 45,801 km 1.435-m gauge (20,084 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 214 km 1.000-m gauge (16 km electrified); 24 km 0.750-m gauge (2003)
Ghana total: 953 km
narrow gauge: 953 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Greece total: 2,571 km (764 km electrified)
standard gauge: 1,565 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 961 km 1.000-m gauge; 22 km 0.750-m gauge
dual gauge: 23 km combined 1.435-m and 1.000-m gauges (three rail system) (2003)
Guatemala total: 886 km
narrow gauge: 886 km 0.914-m gauge (2003)
Guinea total: 837 km
standard gauge: 175 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 662 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Guyana total: 187 km
standard gauge: 139 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 48 km 0.914-m gauge
note: all dedicated to ore transport (2001 est.)
Honduras total: 699 km
narrow gauge: 279 km 1.067-m gauge; 420 km 0.914-m gauge (2003)
Hungary total: 7,937 km
broad gauge: 36 km 1.524-m gauge
standard gauge: 7,682 km 1.435-m gauge (2,628 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 219 km 0.760-m gauge (2003)
India total: 63,140 km (15,994 km electrified)
broad gauge: 45,099 km 1.676-m gauge
narrow gauge: 14,776 km 1.000-m gauge; 3,265 km 0.762-m gauge and 0.610-m gauge (2003)
Indonesia total: 6,458 km
narrow gauge: 5,961 km 1.067-m gauge (125 km electrified); 497 km 0.750-m gauge (2003)
Iran total: 7,203 km
broad gauge: 94 km 1.676-m gauge
standard gauge: 7,109 km 1.435-m gauge (189 km electrified) (2003)
Iraq total: 1,963 km
standard gauge: 1,963 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Ireland total: 3,312 km
broad gauge: 1,947 km 1.600-m gauge (46 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,365 km 0.914-m gauge (operated by the Irish Peat Board to transport peat to power stations and briquetting plants) (2003)
Israel total: 640 km
standard gauge: 640 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Italy total: 19,507 km (11,651 km electrified)
standard gauge: 18,070 km 1.435-m gauge (11,375 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 123 km 1.000-m gauge (88 km electrified); 1,314 km 0.950-m gauge (188 km electrified) (2003)
Jamaica total: 272 km
standard gauge: 272 km 1.435-m gauge
note: 207 of these km belonging to the Jamaica Railway Corporation had been in common carrier service until 1992 but are no longer operational; 57 km of the remaining track is privately owned and used by ALCAN to transport bauxite (2003)
Japan total: 23,705 km (16,519 km electrified)
standard gauge: 3,204 km 1.435-m gauge (3,204 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 77 km 1.372-m gauge (77 km electrified); 20,393 km 1.067-m gauge (13,227 km electrified); 11 km 0.762-m gauge (11 km electrified) (2003)
Jordan total: 505 km
narrow gauge: 505 km 1.050-m gauge (2003)
Kazakhstan total: 13,601 km
broad gauge: 13,601 km 1.520-m gauge (3,661 km electrified) (2003)
Kenya total: 2,778 km
narrow gauge: 2,778 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Korea, North total: 5,214 km
standard gauge: 5,214 km 1.435-m gauge (3,500 km electrified) (2003)
Korea, South total: 3,125 km
standard gauge: 3,125 km 1.435-m gauge (661 km electrified) (2003)
Kyrgyzstan total: 470 km
broad gauge: 470 km 1.520-m gauge (2003)
Latvia total: 2,303 km
broad gauge: 2,270 km 1.520-m gauge (257 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 33 km 0.750-m gauge (2003)
Lebanon total: 401 km
standard gauge: 319 km 1.435-m
narrow gauge: 82 km 1.050-m
note: rail system was unusable because of damage during the civil war in the 1980s; short sections are operable (2003)
Liberia total: 490 km
standard gauge: 345 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 145 km 1.067-m gauge
note: none of the railways are in operation (2003)
Libya 0 km
note: Libya is working on 7 lines totaling 2,757 km of 1.435-m gauge track; it hopes to open a 191 km line by the end of 2004 (2003)
Lithuania total: 1,998 km
broad gauge: 1,807 km 1.524-m gauge (122 km electrified)
standard gauge: 22 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 169 km 0.750-m gauge (all service suspended) (2003)
Luxembourg total: 274 km
standard gauge: 274 km 1.435-m gauge (242 km electrified) (2003)
Macedonia total: 699 km
standard gauge: 699 km 1.435-m gauge (233 km electrified) (2003)
Madagascar total: 732 km
narrow gauge: 732 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Malawi total: 797 km
narrow gauge: 797 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Malaysia total: 2,418 km (207 km electrified)
standard gauge: 57 km 1.435-m gauge (57 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 2,361 km 1.000-m gauge (150 km electrified) (2003)
Mali total: 729 km
narrow gauge: 729 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Man, Isle of total: 61 km (35 km electrified) (2003)
Mauritania 717 km
standard gauge: 717 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Mexico total: 19,510 km
standard gauge: 19,510 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Moldova total: 1,138 km
broad gauge: 1,124 km 1.520-m gauge
standard gauge: 14 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Mongolia 1,810 km
broad gauge: 1,810 km 1.524-m gauge (2004)
Morocco total: 1,907 km
standard gauge: 1,907 km 1.435-m gauge (1,003 km electrified) (2003)
Mozambique total: 3,123 km
narrow gauge: 2,983 km 1.067-m gauge; 140 km 0.762-m gauge (2003)
Namibia total: 2,382 km
narrow gauge: 2,382 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Nepal total: 59 km
narrow gauge: 59 km 0.762-m gauge (2003)
Netherlands total: 2,808 km
standard gauge: 2,808 km 1.435-m gauge (2,061 km electrified) (2003)
New Zealand total: 3,898 km
narrow gauge: 3,898 km 1.067-m gauge (506 km electrified) (2003)
Nicaragua total: 6 km
narrow gauge: 6 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Nigeria total: 3,557 km
narrow gauge: 3,505 km 1.067-m gauge
standard gauge: 52 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Norway total: 4,077 km
standard gauge: 4,077 km 1.435-m gauge (2,518 km electrified) (2003)
Pakistan total: 8,163 km
broad gauge: 7,718 km 1.676-m gauge (293 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 445 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Panama total: 355 km
standard gauge: 76 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 279 km 0.914-m gauge (2003)
Paraguay total: 441 km
standard gauge: 441 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Peru total: 3,462 km
standard gauge: 2,962 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 500 km 0.914-m gauge (2003)
Philippines total: 897 km
narrow gauge: 897 km 1.067-m gauge (492 km are in operation) (2003)
Poland total: 23,852 km
broad gauge: 629 km 1.524-m gauge
standard gauge: 23,223 km 1.435-m gauge (11,962 km electrified) (2003)
Portugal total: 2,850 km
broad gauge: 2,576 km 1.668-m gauge (623 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 274 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Puerto Rico total: 96 km
narrow gauge: 96 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Romania total: 11,385 km (3,888 km electrified)
standard gauge: 10,898 km 1.435-m gauge
broad gauge: 60 km 1.524-m gauge
narrow gauge: 427 km 0.760-m gauge (2003)
Russia total: 87,157 km
broad gauge: 86,200 km 1.520-m gauge (40,300 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 957 km 1.067-m gauge (on Sakhalin Island)
note: an additional 30,000 km of non-common carrier lines serve industries (2003)
Saint Kitts and Nevis total: 50 km
narrow gauge: 50 km 0.762-m gauge on Saint Kitts to serve sugarcane plantations during harvest season (2003)
Saudi Arabia total: 1,392 km
standard gauge: 1,392 km 1.435-m gauge (with branch lines and sidings) (2003)
Senegal total: 906 km
narrow gauge: 906 km 1.000-meter gauge (2003)
Serbia and Montenegro total: 4,380 km
standard gauge: 4,380 km 1.435-m gauge (1,445 km electrified) (2003)
Slovakia total: 3,661 km
broad gauge: 100 km 1.520-m gauge
standard gauge: 3,512 km 1.435-m gauge (1,588 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 49 km (1.000-m or 0.750-m gauge) (2003)
Slovenia total: 1,201 km
standard gauge: 1,201 km 1.435-m gauge (499 km electrified) (2003)
South Africa total: 22,298 km
narrow gauge: 21,984 km 1.065-m gauge (10,436 km electrified); 314 km 0.610-m gauge
note: includes a 2,228 km commuter rail system (2003)
Spain total: 14,268 km (7,718 km electrified)
broad gauge: 11,804 km 1.668-m gauge (6,409 km electrified)
standard gauge: 526 km 1.435-m gauge (526 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,910 km 1.000-m gauge (755 km electrified); 28 km 0.914-m gauge (28 km electrified) (2003)
Sri Lanka total: 1,449 km
broad gauge: 1,449 km 1.676-m gauge (2003)
Sudan total: 5,978 km
narrow gauge: 4,595 km 1.067-m gauge; 1,400 km .600-m gauge for cotton plantations (2003)
Swaziland total: 301 km
narrow gauge: 301 km 1.067-m gauge (2003)
Sweden total: 11,481 km
standard gauge: 11,481 km 1.435-m gauge (7,527 km electrified) (2003)
Switzerland total: 4,533 km
standard gauge: 3,483 km 1.435-m gauge (3,472 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,004 km 1.000-m gauge (974 km electrified); 46 km 0.800-m gauge (46 km electrified) (2003)
Syria total: 2,711 km
standard gauge: 2,460 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 251 km 1.050-m gauge (2003)
Taiwan total: 2,544 km
narrow gauge: 1,108 km 1.067-m gauge (519 km electrified)
note: 1,400 km .762-m gauge (belonging to the Taiwan Sugar Corporation and to the Taiwan Forestry Bureau used to haul products and limited numbers of passengers (2003)
Tajikistan total: 482 km
broad gauge: 482 km 1.520-m gauge (2003)
Tanzania total: 3,690 km
narrow gauge: 969 km 1.067-m gauge; 2,721 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Thailand total: 4,071 km
narrow gauge: 4,071 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Togo total: 568 km
narrow gauge: 568 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Tunisia total: 2,152 km
standard gauge: 468 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 1,674 km 1.000-m gauge (65 km electrified)
dual gauge: 10 km 1.435-m and 1.000-m gauges (three rails) (2003)
Turkey total: 8,671 km
standard gauge: 8,671 km 1.435-m gauge (2,122 km electrified) (2003)
Turkmenistan total: 2,440 km
broad gauge: 2,440 km 1.520-m gauge (2003)
Uganda total: 1,241 km
narrow gauge: 1,241 km 1.000-m gauge (2003)
Ukraine total: 22,473 km
broad gauge: 22,473 km 1.524-m gauge (9,250 km electrified) (2003)
United Kingdom total: 17,186 km
standard gauge: 16,726 km 1.435-m gauge (5,243 km electrified)
broad gauge: 460 km 1.600-m gauge (in Northern Ireland) (2003)
United States total: 228,464 km
standard gauge: 228,464 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Uruguay total: 2,073 km
standard gauge: 2,073 km 1.435-m gauge
note: 461 km have been taken out of service and 460 km are in partial use (2003)
Uzbekistan total: 3,950 km
broad gauge: 3,950 km 1.520-m gauge (620 km electrified) (2003)
Venezuela total: 682 km
standard gauge: 682 km 1.435-m gauge (2003)
Vietnam total: 2,600 km
standard gauge: 178 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 2,169 km 1.000-m gauge
dual gauge: 253 km three-rail track combining 1.435-m and 1.000-m gauges (2003)
World total: 1,115,205 km
broad gauge: 257,481 km
standard gauge: 671,413 km
narrow gauge: 186,311 km (2003)
Zambia total: 2,173 km
narrow gauge: 2,173 km 1.067-m gauge
note: includes 891 km of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) (2003)
Zimbabwe total: 3,077 km
narrow gauge: 3,077 km 1.067-m gauge (313 km electrified) (2003)

This page was last updated on 30 November, 2004


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