Ever since the first iron horses steamed across the American plains, trains have been an important part of transportation in the world. There’s something magical about the railway system. It was one of the first methods of long-distance transportation that began back in the 1820’s. Though there is much debate about when and where the first railway was created; however, the expansive systems have long been a part of our history. Ever wonder which railways are the longest in the world? Here are the top five that are in operation today.
Union Pacific Railroad
This railway has been in business for more than 150 years. It is one of the most recognized railway companies out there. They currently have 50,000 employees and cover more than 23 states throughout North America. It extends over 32,000 miles and is one of the most used freight lines in the world. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Lincoln was president and drove the golden stake in the ground celebrating the connection of the east and the west through this railroad. How did they become such a massive size over the years? They purchased numerous other railroads to add to their already expansive line.
Yiwu-Madrid/China Europe Block Train
With a total distance of 8,077 miles, the China-Europe Block Train goes from Yiwu, China to Madrid, Spain. It is a new railroad that was just inaugurated in 2014. It will be for the express purpose of carrying freight between several countries. It formally opened for business on November 18, 2014, with the first 82 container train being sent to Madrid. It is also called, “Silk Road.”
This fascinating railway expands over 7 times zones and is more than 5,753 miles. It would take a person eight days to travel from one end to the other. Hundreds of cities from Russie to Asia and even in Europe are along this railway’s path. It was built in 1916 with the intention of connection Russia to Vladivostok; however,
it has continued to qrow. There are connecting branches in Monqolia, China and North Korea, and the railway
is continuously being expanded.
There are 1.334 million employees who keep this railroad running safely day in and day out. This passenger railway carries around 23 million passengers each day. The railroad was built in 1853 and went from Mumbai to Than. There are 7,112 train stations to assist travelers along the paths this railway makes. It expands through twenty-nine states and over seven territories. They also provide services to areas like Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Canadian National Railway
With 20,400 route miles, the Canadian National Railway is the biggest in Canada. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and employs 22,000 people. It is nicknamed “North America’s Railroad,” since its inception
in 1918. It travels all over Canada and down into the southern part of the United states by the Mississippi river. They once were just in Canada, but they purchased the Illinois Central Railroad and Wisconsin Central Transportation and are now primarily a freight line.
Whether to haul passengers or freight, these massive railways are still in full swing today. Most of them have been around for decades, with the exception of the China Europe Block Train. Working on the railroad is still one of the most fascinating jobs around.