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What is the world's longest railway?

Read on for fun facts about the world's longest railway.

The world's longest railway is nearly 6,000 miles long. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
The world's longest railway is nearly 6,000 miles long.

The Trans-Siberian Railway, from Moscow to Vladivostok, is 5,777 miles (9,297 kilometers) long. If the spur to Nakhodka is included, the distance becomes 5,865 miles (9,436 kilometers). 

The railway was opened in sections and the first goods train reached Irkutsk on August 27, 1898. The Baikal-Amur Northern Main Line, begun in 1938, shortens the distance by about 310 miles (500 kilometers). The journey takes approximately seven days, two hours and crosses seven time zones. There are 9 tunnels, 139 large bridges or viaducts, and 3,762 smaller bridges or culverts on the whole route. Nearly the entire line is electrified.

America's Longest Railway

In comparison, the first American transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869, is 1,780 miles (2,864 kilometers) long. The Central Pacific Railroad built eastward from Sacramento, California, and the Union Pacific Railroad built westward to Promontory Point, Utah, where the two lines met to connect the line.

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