Country ranking for field: railways 1997

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This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge, which is the measure of the distance between the inner sides of the load-bearing rails. The four typical types of gauges are: broad, standard, narrow, and dual. Other gauges are listed under note. Some 60% of the world's railways use the standard gauge of 1.4 m (4.7 ft). Gauges vary by country and sometimes within countries. The choice of gauge during initial construction was mainly in response to local conditions and the intent of the builder. Narrow-gauge railways were cheaper to build and could negotiate sharper curves, broad-gauge railways gave greater stability and permitted higher speeds. Standard-gauge railways were a compromise between narrow and broad gauges.

The WorldWorldtotal:1201337 km includes about 190000 to 195000 km of electrified routes of which 147760 km are in Europe 24509 km in the Far East 11050 km in Africa 4223 km in South America and 4160 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
1flag of Christmas IslandChristmas Island24 
2flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoa0 km 
3flag of OmanOman0 km 
4flag of Saint LuciaSaint Lucia0 km 
5flag of Saint HelenaSaint Helena0 km 
6flag of RéunionRéunion0 km 
7flag of RwandaRwanda0 km 
8flag of QatarQatar0 km 
9flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn Islands0 km 
10flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea0 km 
11flag of PalauPalau0 km 
12flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands0 km 
13flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and Miquelon0 km 
14flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island0 km 
15flag of NiueNiue0 km 
16flag of NigerNiger0 km 
17flag of New CaledoniaNew Caledonia0 km 
18flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles0 km 
19flag of NauruNaurutotal:3.9 km; note - used to haul phosphates from the center of the island to processing facilities on the southwest coast 
20flag of MontserratMontserrat0 km 
21flag of Midway IslandsMidway Islands0 km 
22flag of MayotteMayotte0 km 
23flag of MauritiusMauritius0 km 
24flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines0 km 
25flag of San MarinoSan Marino0 km; note - there is a 1.5 km cable railway connecting the city of San Marino to Borgo Maggiore 
26flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands0 km 
27flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands0 km 
28flag of Western SamoaWestern Samoa0 km 
29flag of Western SaharaWestern Sahara0 km 
30flag of West BankWest Bank0 km 
31flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and Futuna0 km 
32flag of Wake IslandWake Island0 km 
33flag of VanuatuVanuatu0 km 
34flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates0 km 
35flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islands0 km 
36flag of TuvaluTuvalu0 km 
37flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobagonote:minimal agricultural railroad system near San Fernando; railway service was discontinued in 1968 
38flag of SeychellesSeychelles0 km 
39flag of TongaTonga0 km 
40flag of TokelauTokelau0 km 
41flag of The GambiaThe Gambia0 km 
42flag of The BahamasThe Bahamas0 km 
43flag of TajikistanTajikistantotal:480 km in common carrier service; does not include industrial lines 
44flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe0 km 
45flag of SvalbardSvalbard0 km 
46flag of SomaliaSomalia0 km 
47flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands0 km 
48flag of MartiniqueMartinique0 km 
49flag of MaltaMalta0 km 
50flag of AndorraAndorra0 km 
51flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verde0 km 
52flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guineatotal:0 km 
53flag of DominicaDominica0 km 
54flag of CyprusCyprus0 km 
55flag of Cook IslandsCook Islands0 km 
56flag of ComorosComoros0 km 
57flag of Cocos IslandsCocos Islands0 km 
58flag of ChadChad0 km 
59flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic0 km 
60flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islands0 km 
61flag of BurundiBurundi0 km 
62flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands0 km 
63flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands0 km 
64flag of British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean Territory0 km 
65flag of BhutanBhutan0 km 
66flag of BermudaBermuda0 km 
67flag of BelizeBelize0 km 
68flag of BarbadosBarbados0 km 
69flag of BahrainBahrain0 km 
70flag of ArubaAruba0 km 
71flag of AnguillaAnguilla0 km 
72flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands0 km 
73flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesia0 km 
74flag of MaldivesMaldives0 km 
75flag of Isle of ManIsle of Mantotal:52 km 
76flag of MacedoniaMacedoniatotal:699 km; standard gauge:699 km 1.435-m gauge 
77flag of MacauMacau0 km 
78flag of LibyaLibyanote:Libya has had no railroad in operation since 1965 all previous systems having been dismantled; current plans are to construct a 1.435-m standard gauge line from the Tunisian frontier to Tripoli and Misratah then inland to Sabha center of a mineral-rich area but there has been no progress; other plans made jointly with Egypt would establish a rail line from As Sallum Egypt to Tobruk with completion set for mid-1994; no progress has been reported 
79flag of LaosLaos0 km 
80flag of KuwaitKuwait0 km 
81flag of KiribatiKiribati0 km 
82flag of Juan de Nova IslandJuan de Nova Islandtotal:NA km; short line going to a jetty 
83flag of Johnston AtollJohnston Atoll0 km 
84flag of JerseyJersey0 km 
85flag of IcelandIceland0 km 
86flag of French GuianaFrench Guiana0 km 
87flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau0 km 
88flag of GuernseyGuernsey0 km 
89flag of GuamGuam0 km 
90flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupetotal:NA km; privately owned narrow-gauge plantation lines 
91flag of GrenadaGrenada0 km 
92flag of GreenlandGreenland0 km 
93flag of GibraltarGibraltartotal:NA km; 1.000-m gauge system in dockyard area only 
94flag of Gaza StripGaza Striptotal:NA km; note - one line abandoned and in disrepair little trackage remains 
95flag of French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia0 km 
96flag of YemenYemen0 km 

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