Throughout the history of mankind, people from all over the world have been intrigued and fascinated by speed, as well as traveling long distances, and that’s not something that’s likely to change any time soon.
Not so long ago, for instance, Elon Musk announced a project to make a tunnel in the city of Los Angeles to help people travel long distances at a very low cost, even though he was reluctant to offer further details regarding the exact route of said tunnel.Notably, this wouldn’t be the first time in history when a businessman with a taste for innovation has tried to change the world and the transportation industry by using trains and railways, as they’ve been here for quite some time and aren’t going anywhere. While pretty much every single country in the world can brag about their trains, there is just a handful of them that actually have a top-tier railway system, at least when we talk about distance. Today, we’ll let you know all about them.
As a matter of fact, Argentina is the only South American country to be featured in this list, and that’s thanks to the great work developed by Ferrocarriles Argentinos, a state-owned company that’s built one of the longest railway roads in the world. Nonetheless, Argentina went from having 47.000 km of railroads by the end of World War II, mostly operated by British and French officers. Nowadays, that has come down all the way to 36.000 km, which is good for the 8th spot in the world.
Up to this day, China can brag about having the 2nd longest railway in the entire world, as they have over 100.000 km around the country for people to travel fast and cheap, mostly thanks to the state-owned China Railway Corporation.China offers both a standard route and a high-speed route for people in a hurry, and they’re mostly known for their bullet-trains, like the one that connects Beijing and Guangzhou (2.298 km), which is the highest-traveling train the world. Also, they plan to add another 170.000 km for their railroad system by 2050.
Most of the German railway system is operated by the state-owned Deutsche Bahn, which counts with 41.000 km for the import and export of goods, as well as being accountable for 99% of the long-distance passengers traveling as well. Nonetheless, the state-owned company coexists with over 150 private initiatives as well, and it also has a great high-speed railroad system, mostly led by the InterCity Express (ICE) and the Hamburg Cologne Express (HKX), which connect the country with France, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
So, if you want to go across and all around Europe, the German will always have something that may perfectly suit your needs at a fair cost, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to travel the world with this kind of railway system working around the clock.