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Country
Railways (km)
Albania total: 447 km
standard gauge: 447 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
Angola total: 2,761 km
narrow gauge: 2,638 km 1.067-m gauge; 123 km 0.600-m gauge (2005)
Argentina total: 31,902 km
broad gauge: 20,858 km 1.676-m gauge (141 km electrified)
standard gauge: 2,885 km 1.435-m gauge (26 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 7,922 km 1.000-m gauge; 237 km 0.750-m gauge (2005)
Armenia total: 845 km
broad gauge: 845 km 1.520-m gauge (828 km electrified)
note: some lines are out of service (2005)
Australia total: 47,738 km
broad gauge: 4,015 km 1.600-m gauge
standard gauge: 28,662 km 1.435-m gauge (1,397 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 14,831 km 1.067-m gauge (2,462 km electrified)
dual gauge: 230 km dual gauge (2005)
Austria total: 6,011 km
standard gauge: 5,568 km 1.435-m gauge (3,427 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 21 km 1.000-m gauge; 422 km 0.760-m gauge (109 km electrified) (2005)
Azerbaijan total: 2,957 km
broad gauge: 2,957 km 1.520-m gauge (1,278 km electrified) (2005)
Bangladesh total: 2,768 km
broad gauge: 946 km 1.676-m gauge
narrow gauge: 1,822 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Belarus total: 5,512 km
broad gauge: 5,497 km 1.520-m gauge (874 km electrified)
standard gauge: 15 km 1.435 m (2005)
Belgium total: 3,521 km
standard gauge: 3,521 km 1.435-m gauge (2,927 km electrified) (2005)
Benin total: 578 km
narrow gauge: 578 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Bolivia total: 3,519 km
narrow gauge: 3,519 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Bosnia and Herzegovina total: 608 km (777 km electrified)
standard gauge: 608 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Botswana total: 888 km
narrow gauge: 888 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Brazil total: 29,252 km
broad gauge: 4,877 km 1.600-m gauge (939 km electrified)
standard gauge: 194 km 1.440-m gauge
narrow gauge: 23,785 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) (2005)
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 (2005)
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 (2005)
Burma total: 3,955 km
narrow gauge: 3,955 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Cambodia total: 602 km
narrow gauge: 602 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Cameroon total: 987 km
narrow gauge: 987 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Canada total: 48,467 km
standard gauge: 48,467 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
China total: 74,408 km
standard gauge: 74,408 km 1.435-m gauge (19,303 km electrified) (2004)
Colombia total: 3,304 km
standard gauge: 150 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 3,154 km 0.914-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
Congo, Republic of the total: 894 km
narrow gauge: 894 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Costa Rica total: 278 km
narrow gauge: 278 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
Croatia total: 2,726 km
standard gauge: 2,726 km 1.435-m gauge (1,199 km electrified) (2005)
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 (2005)
Czech Republic total: 9,572 km
standard gauge: 9,473 km 1.435-m gauge (2,951 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 99 km 0.760-m gauge (2005)
Denmark total: 2,673 km
standard gauge: 2,673 km 1.435-m gauge (601 km electrified) (2005)
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 (2005)
Dominican Republic total: 517 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 (2005)
Ecuador total: 966 km
narrow gauge: 966 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Egypt total: 5,063 km
standard gauge: 5,063 km 1.435-m gauge (62 km electrified) (2005)
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 (2005)
Eritrea total: 306 km
narrow gauge: 306 km 0.950-m gauge (2005)
Estonia total: 958 km
broad gauge: 958 km 1.520 m/1.524-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
European Union total: 222,293 km
broad gauge: 28,438 km
standard gauge: 186,405 km
narrow gauge: 7,427 km
other: 23 km (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) (2005)
Finland total: 5,741 km
broad gauge: 5,741 km 1.524-m gauge (2,619 km electrified) (2005)
France total: 29,085 km
standard gauge: 28,918 km 1.435-m gauge (14,481 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 167 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Gabon total: 814 km
standard gauge: 814 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Georgia total: 1,612 km
broad gauge: 1,575 km 1.520-m gauge (1,575 electrified)
narrow gauge: 37 km 0.912-m gauge (37 electrified) (2005)
Germany total: 47,201 km
standard gauge: 46,948 km 1.435-m gauge (19,674 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 229 km 1.000-m gauge (16 km electrified); 24 km 0.750-m gauge (2005)
Ghana total: 953 km
narrow gauge: 953 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Greece total: 2,571 km
standard gauge: 1,565 km 1.435-m gauge (764 km electrified)
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) (2005)
Guatemala total: 886 km
narrow gauge: 886 km 0.914-m gauge (2005)
Guinea total: 837 km
standard gauge: 175 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 662 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
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 (2005)
India total: 63,230 km
broad gauge: 45,718 km 1.676-m gauge (16,528 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 14,406 km 1.000-m gauge (165 km electrified); 3,106 km 0.762-m gauge and 0.610-m gauge (2005)
Indonesia total: 6,458 km
narrow gauge: 5,961 km 1.067-m gauge (125 km electrified); 497 km 0.750-m gauge (2005)
Iran total: 7,256 km
broad gauge: 94 km 1.676-m gauge
standard gauge: 7,162 km 1.435-m gauge (186 km electrified) (2005)
Iraq total: 2,200 km
standard gauge: 2,200 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
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) (2005)
Isle of Man total: 65 km
standard guage: 7 km 1.067-m guage (7 km electrified)
narrow guage: 58 km 0.914-m guage (29 km electrified)
note: primarily summer tourist attractions (2006)
Israel total: 853 km
standard gauge: 853 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Italy total: 19,459 km
standard gauge: 18,037 km 1.435-m gauge (11,354 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 123 km 1.000-m gauge (122 km electrified); 1,299 km 0.950-m gauge (161 km electrified) (2005)
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: 23,556 km
standard gauge: 3,204 km 1.435-m gauge (3,204 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 77 km 1.372-m gauge (77 km electrified); 20,264 km 1.067-m gauge (13,280 km electrified); 11 km 0.762-m gauge (11 km electrified) (2005)
Jordan total: 505 km
narrow gauge: 505 km 1.050-m gauge (2005)
Kazakhstan total: 13,700 km
broad gauge: 13,700 km 1.520-m gauge (3,700 km electrified) (2005)
Kenya total: 2,778 km
narrow gauge: 2,778 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Korea, North total: 5,214 km
standard gauge: 5,214 km 1.435-m gauge (3,500 km electrified) (2005)
Korea, South total: 3,472 km
standard gauge: 3,472 km 1.435-m gauge (1,361 km electrified) (2005)
Kyrgyzstan total: 470 km
broad gauge: 470 km 1.520-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
Lebanon total: 401 km
standard gauge: 319 km 1.435 m
narrow gauge: 82 km 1.050 m
note: rail system became unusable because of damage done during fighting in the 1980s and in 2006 (2006)
Liberia total: 490 km
standard gauge: 345 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 145 km 1.067-m gauge
note: railway is inoperable because of damage suffered during the civil war (2005)
Libya 0 km
note: Libya is working on seven lines totaling 2,757 km of 1.435-m gauge track; it hopes to have trains running by 2008 (2005)
Lithuania total: 1,771 km
broad gauge: 1,749 km 1.524-m gauge (122 km electrified)
standard gauge: 22 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Luxembourg total: 274 km
standard gauge: 274 km 1.435-m gauge (262 km electrified) (2005)
Macedonia total: 699 km
standard gauge: 699 km 1.435-m gauge (233 km electrified) (2005)
Madagascar total: 854 km
narrow gauge: 854 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Malawi total: 797 km
narrow gauge: 797 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Malaysia total: 1,890 km
standard gauge: 57 km 1.435-m gauge (57 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,833 km 1.000-m gauge (150 km electrified) (2005)
Mali total: 729 km
narrow gauge: 729 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Mauritania 717 km
standard gauge: 717 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Mexico total: 17,562 km
standard gauge: 17,562 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Moldova total: 1,138 km
broad gauge: 1,124 km 1.520-m gauge
standard gauge: 14 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Mongolia total: 1,810 km
broad gauge: 1,810 km 1.524-m gauge (2005)
Montenegro total: 250 km
standard gauge: 250 km 1.435-m gauge (electrified 169 km) (2005)
Morocco total: 1,907 km
standard gauge: 1,907 km 1.435-m gauge (1,003 km electrified) (2005)
Mozambique total: 3,123 km
narrow gauge: 2,983 km 1.067-m gauge; 140 km 0.762-m gauge (2005)
Namibia total: 2,382 km
narrow gauge: 2,382 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Nepal total: 59 km
narrow gauge: 59 km 0.762-m gauge (2005)
Netherlands total: 2,808 km
standard gauge: 2,808 km 1.435-m gauge (2,061 km electrified) (2005)
New Zealand total: 4,128 km
narrow gauge: 4,128 km 1.067-m gauge (506 km electrified) (2005)
Nicaragua total: 6 km
narrow gauge: 6 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Nigeria total: 3,505 km
narrow gauge: 3,505 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Norway total: 4,077 km
standard gauge: 4,077 km 1.435-m gauge (2,680 km electrified) (2005)
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 (2004)
Panama total: 355 km
standard gauge: 77 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 278 km 0.914-m gauge (2005)
Paraguay total: 36 km
standard gauge: 36 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
Peru total: 3,462 km
standard gauge: 2,962 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 500 km 0.914-m gauge (2005)
Philippines total: 897 km
narrow gauge: 897 km 1.067-m gauge (492 km are in operation) (2005)
Poland total: 23,072 km
broad gauge: 629 km 1.524-m gauge
standard gauge: 22,443 km 1.435-m gauge (20,555 km operational; 11,910 km electrified) (2005)
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 (2005)
Puerto Rico total: 96 km
narrow gauge: 96 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Romania total: 11,385 km
standard gauge: 10,898 km 1.435-m gauge (3,888 km electrified)
broad gauge: 60 km 1.524-m gauge
narrow gauge: 427 km 0.760-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
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 and for tourists (2005)
Saudi Arabia total: 1,392 km
standard gauge: 1,392 km 1.435-m gauge (with branch lines and sidings) (2005)
Senegal total: 906 km
narrow gauge: 906 km 1.000 meter gauge (2005)
Serbia total: 4,135 km
standard guage: 4,135 km 1.435-m guage (electrified 1,195 km) (2005)
Slovakia total: 3,662 km
broad gauge: 100 km 1.520-m gauge
standard gauge: 3,512 km 1.435-m gauge (1,588 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 50 km (1.000-m or 0.750-m gauge) (2005)
Slovenia total: 1,229 km
standard gauge: 1,229 km 1.435-m gauge (504 km electrified) (2005)
South Africa total: 20,872 km
narrow gauge: 20,436 km 1.065-m gauge (8,868 km electrified); 436 km 0.610-m gauge (2005)
Spain total: 14,873 km
broad gauge: 11,919 km 1.668-m gauge (6,950 km electrified)
standard gauge: 998 km 1.435-m gauge (998 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,928 km 1.000-m gauge (815 km electrified); 28 km 0.914-m gauge (28 km electrified) (2005)
Sri Lanka total: 1,449 km
broad gauge: 1,449 km 1.676-m gauge (2005)
Sudan total: 5,978 km
narrow gauge: 4,578 km 1.067-m gauge; 1,400 km 0.600-m gauge for cotton plantations (2005)
Swaziland total: 301 km
narrow gauge: 301 km 1.067-m gauge (2005)
Sweden total: 11,481 km
standard gauge: 11,481 km 1.435-m gauge (9,400 km electrified) (2005)
Switzerland total: 4,583 km
standard gauge: 3,234 km 1.435-m gauge (3,223 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,339 km 1.000-m gauge (1,338 km electrified); 10 km 0.800-m gauge (10 km electrified) (2005)
Syria total: 2,711 km
standard gauge: 2,460 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 251 km 1.050-m gauge (2005)
Taiwan total: 2,497 km
narrow gauge: 1,097 km 1.067-m gauge (685 km electrified)
note: 1,400 km .762-m gauge (belonging to the Taiwan Sugar Corporation and to the Taiwan Forestry Bureau) used to carry products and limited numbers of passengers (2005)
Tajikistan total: 482 km
broad gauge: 482 km 1.520-m gauge (2005)
Tanzania total: 3,690 km
narrow gauge: 969 km 1.067-m gauge; 2,721 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Thailand total: 4,071 km
narrow gauge: 4,071 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Togo total: 568 km
narrow gauge: 568 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Tunisia total: 2,153 km
standard gauge: 471 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 1,674 km 1.000-m gauge (65 km electrified)
dual gauge: 8 km 1.435 m and 1.000-m gauges (three rails) (2005)
Turkey total: 8,697 km
standard gauge: 8,697 km 1.435-m gauge (2,122 km electrified) (2005)
Turkmenistan total: 2,440 km
broad gauge: 2,440 km 1.520-m gauge (2005)
Uganda total: 1,244 km
narrow gauge: 1,244 km 1.000-m gauge (2005)
Ukraine total: 22,473 km
broad gauge: 22,473 km 1.524-m gauge (9,250 km electrified) (2005)
United Kingdom total: 17,156 km
standard gauge: 16,814 km 1.435-m gauge (5,384 km electrified)
broad gauge: 342 km 1.600-m gauge (in Northern Ireland) (2005)
United States total: 226,605 km
standard gauge: 226,605 km 1.435-m gauge (2004)
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 (2005)
Uzbekistan total: 3,950 km
broad gauge: 3,950 km 1.520-m gauge (620 km electrified) (2005)
Venezuela total: 682 km
standard gauge: 682 km 1.435-m gauge (2005)
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 (2005)
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) (2005)
Zimbabwe total: 3,077 km
narrow gauge: 3,077 km 1.067-m gauge (313 km electrified) (2005)

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