What’s the longest train service in the world?

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Date:28 February 2018 Tags:

Have you ever wondered what the longest train journey is? Many potential routes, especially through Europe, are cut short due to the different gauge of tracks used by different countries. For example, you can’t easily travel to the UK from Spain or Portugal, due to differently gauged tracks designed to prevent the French from invading by train.

A few trains around the world switch gauges, a painstaking ordeal. One of these is the Trans-Siberian Railway, which, unsurprisingly, is one of the world’s longest passenger train services. The absolute longest, however, is a train carriage that’s sent by the North Korean state rail system to the border with Russia, where it’s attached to the back of a Russian train that then travels to Moscow, a journey that takes 206 hours and covers 10,267km, as this video by Half As Interesting explains:

But this still isn’t the longest train service in the world. For that, we have to let go of the “passenger” idea and look at cargo trains. Recently, China has begun using cargo trains to transport goods to Europe. One of these routes, from Yiwu, on the East Coast of China, to London, takes an incredible 18 days and 12,070km. Though there would be very few people aboard such a train, for those who are, we hope you have some good snacks.

Author: Sophie Weiner
Source: Half as Interesting

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