For those who especially love railway romance, drinking hot tea from glasses in iron cup holders and enjoying the measured thud of wheels, it will certainly be interesting to know which countries have the longest railway tracks.
1. Yiwu-Madrid train: 13052 km
The longest railway connects Asia and Europe. For the development of intercontinental trade in November 2014, the town of Yiwu in eastern China and Madrid were connected by railroad. The entire route with a length of 13052 km runs through 8 states (China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France and Spain) and lasts 21 days. For the development of the economy, the Chinese government has invested $ 40 billion to build the “New Silk Road” between the West and the East.
2. Moscow - Vladivostok train: 9289 km
The second longest railway connects the capital of the Russian Federation with Vladivostok and is called the Trans-Siberian Railway. The length of the road is 9289 km. Passengers can get from Moscow to Vladivostok in 6 days. The historical name of the route is the Great Siberian Path. The construction of the railway began in 1981, when Alexander III signed a decree on the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway. The highway runs through Siberia, the Urals, the Far East. Passengers while traveling from the windows of wagons can enjoy the unique wildlife and even see Lake Baikal
3. Moscow-Beijing train: 8986 km
Having bought a ticket for the Vostok fast train, you can get from Moscow to Beijing in 6 days and 2 hours. The train is quite comfortable, consists of 11 cars. The only thing when crossing the border, you can stand about 6 hours, because at this time the wheels of the train are changing. This is because Chinese railways differ from Russian ones. Also at this time they hook up the wagon restaurant. If the train is heading to China, a Chinese restaurant car with an advising kitchen will cling to the border, while returning a Russian restaurant car. The length of the entire road is 8,986 kilometers.
One of the oldest railways in the United States is Transcontinental, which in its time connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The main goal of the construction was to provide food, ammunition, weapons and the advancement of troops during the civil war. That is why in 1862, Abraham Lincoln decided to build the "Pacific" railway. This name was previously worn by the Transcontinental Railway. And on May 10, 1869, the road was put into operation. It was the longest railway in the United States. Over time, the country's transport arteries began to increase, and now the transcontinental road has become part of the total US transcontinental network, the length of which is more than 107 thousand km.
5. Toronto-Vancouver train: 4466 km
Despite the fact that most of Canada is sparsely populated, rail transport is quite a popular means of transportation. The cost of the tariff is sometimes overestimated, but this moment is compensated by the comfortable conditions of travel and the picturesque scenery outside the window. The longest railway in Canada connects the two cities of Toronto and Vancouver. The Canadian train crosses 4466 km between Toronto and Vancouver in 3 days and 14 hours. During this time, travelers will overcome 66 stations.