Starting from his evolutionary stages, man has made phenomenal progress, as far as infrastructural development is concerned. He has been able to connect the various parts of the world through road, rail and air. One of the most important means of transport is railway and many countries around the globe have developed extensive rail networks to serve the economy as well as the population, by connecting places far apart.
Here is a list of top 10 longest train routes in the world in 2015:
10. Shanghai-Lhasa, China Railways
On number 10 among the longest train routes in the world is the one between the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Lhasa, which is served by the train T164 of the China Railways. The route is 4373 km long and is covered by this daily train in 48 hours 56 minutes, stopping on 12 stations on its way.
9. Chicago-Los Angeles, Amtrak
Next on this list is the 4390 km long train route between the two major cities of USA, Chicago and Los Angeles. The train Texas Eagle 21/22 of Amtrak Railway service runs thrice a week on this route, covering the distance in 65 hours 20 minutes and having 40 stops en route.
8. Harbin-Haikou, China Railways
The daily train K1121 of China Railways, covers a distance of 4458 km between the cities Harbin and Haikou in China in 65 hours and 42 minutes, stopping at 52 stops on its way. This makes it the eighth longest train route in the world.
7. Toronto-Vancouver, Via Rail
The next name on the list of longest train routes in the world is that between the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. The 4466 km long train route is spanned by the tri weekly train The Canadian ½ of Via Rail in a period of 86 hours (3 days). It takes 66 stops on the route.
6. Guangzhou-Urumqi, China Railways
Another Chinese rail route to feature on this list is the km long train route between Guangzhou and Urumqi in China, which is served by the daily trains Z136/7-Z138/5 of China Railways. The train covers a distance of 4684 km in 49 hours 34 minutes, stopping at 31 stations en route.
5. Shanghai-Yining, China Railways
The train route between Shanghai and Yining, run by a China Railways daily train, T206/3-T204/5 stands on number 5 in this list. The 4742 km long route is traversed in 55 hours 43 minutes, with 32 stops on the way.
4. Guangzhou-Lhasa, China Railways
The Guangzhou Lhasa train route, which measures 4980 km in length, figures as the fourth longest train route in the world. The daily train T264 of China Railways travels the route in 54 hours 30 minutes, with 10 stops on its route.
3. Moscow (Russia)-Beijing (China) via Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Russian Railways/Mongolian Railways/China Railways
This cross country train route is 7826 km long and is served by a weekly train 43/33, which spans the distance in 131 hours (5.5 days), taking 33 stops in all.
2. Moscow (Russia)-Beijing (China) via Harbin (China), Russian Railways/China Railways
On number 2 in the list of top 10 longest train routes in the world is the 8984 km long one, between Moscow in Russia and Beijing in China. The route is served by a weekly train Vostok 020W/0194, which covers it in 144 hours (6 days), with 44 stops en route.
1. Moscow-Vladivostok, Russian Railways
The 9259 km long railway route between Moscow and Vladivostok is the longest railway route in the world. It is spanned by the Rossiya 002 train of Russian Railways, which runs on alternate days and takes 178 hours (7 days) to reach its destination, stopping on 67 stations on the way.
Some other train routes which are considered as the longest in the world are those between Sydney-Perth (Australia), Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari (India), Hangzhou-Urumqi (China) and Changchun-Kunming (China). Most of these are located in China.