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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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MISC | Biggest city without railway ?

In Brazil the city Goiânia pop. 1.3 mil has no train service.

Is this the biggest city in the world without railway ?
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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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There's railway in Goiânia. I guess Manaus (1.8 million people) is the largest without railway. Considering metropolitan areas, I'm not sure, but I think Belém (pop. 2.4 million) doesn't have active railways anymore.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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There's railway in Goiânia.
Is the railway in Goiânia in use ?

Are there freight/passenger lines to other cities from Goiânia ?
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Old February 24th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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The largest in the world is Bogota; the second-largest is Jeddah.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:45 AM   #5
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Lagos might be the biggest. Officially about the same size as Bogotta, but probably more undocumented inhabitanst plus growing quicker.

In Europe it's supposedly Viseu, Portugal (pop. ca 100,000). Not sure about accuracy of that, though. I feel there must be a bigger town somewhere in East or Southeast Europe without a functioning passanger rail...

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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:07 AM   #6
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Lagos might be the biggest. Officially about the same size as Bogotta, but probably more undocumented inhabitanst plus growing quicker.

In Europe it's supposedly Viseu, Portugal (pop. ca 100,000). Not sure about accuracy of that, though. I feel there must be a bigger town somewhere in East or Southeast Europe without a functioning passanger rail...
Lagos has a once-weekly service to Kano nowadays. But yeah, that's extremly limited.

Kinshasa could be a candidate, population of 9+ million and just one train running 2-3 kilometres twice a day. But on the other hand the infrastructure is there (somewhere) it's just dilapidated.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:30 AM   #7
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Lagos might be the biggest. Officially about the same size as Bogotta, but probably more undocumented inhabitanst plus growing quicker.

In Europe it's supposedly Viseu, Portugal (pop. ca 100,000). Not sure about accuracy of that, though. I feel there must be a bigger town somewhere in East or Southeast Europe without a functioning passanger rail...
Oktyabr'skiy in Russian Bashkiria (109,000 inh.) only has a freight terminal - no passenger service.

Also I think Greek railways has been largely suspended.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #8
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Oktyabr'skiy in Russian Bashkiria (109,000 inh.) only has a freight terminal - no passenger service.

Also I think Greek railways has been largely suspended.
That place is only marginally in Europe, very close to the land border with Asia (which is quite fuzzy in that area).

True about Greek railways, but bigger towns still have some service. And by the way islands don't count. I don't think there are any railways in Malta, Cyprus, Iceland or on Crete.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:07 AM   #9
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There's railway in Goiânia. I guess Manaus (1.8 million people) is the largest without railway. Considering metropolitan areas, I'm not sure, but I think Belém (pop. 2.4 million) doesn't have active railways anymore.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:54 AM   #10
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Guayaquil (2,35 mil) only has a touristic railway.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Sun Tzu's hometown Binzhou city in Shandong Province has no railway connection despite having a population of over 3.7 million. But a railway is coming so it'll get connected in a few years.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:19 PM   #12
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Lagos might be the biggest. Officially about the same size as Bogotta, but probably more undocumented inhabitanst plus growing quicker.

In Europe it's supposedly Viseu, Portugal (pop. ca 100,000). Not sure about accuracy of that, though. I feel there must be a bigger town somewhere in East or Southeast Europe without a functioning passanger rail...
Even in Europe you have larger cities, such as - for example - Limassol, Heraklion, Reykjavik.

If we talk about specifically passenger railways, there are cities like Kinshasa, Ciudad de Mexico.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Correct.


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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #14
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In Turkey, the largest city without railway access is Bursa (1.9 million). A suburban railway was closed in the 1950s. Construction for a new highspeed rail link to Bursa has just begun last year and will hopefully be in service towards the end of the decade. The second city with more than a million inhabitants without rail link is Antalya (1 million). Plans have been drafted for a highspeed rail line to Antalya, but it does not look like a priority for the present administration and will probably not be realized before the mid-2020s. There are several mid-sized cities without rail link.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #15
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Cebu city in the philippines has a population of 2.5million and no railway
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:30 PM   #16
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #17
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Lagos might be the biggest. Officially about the same size as Bogotta, but probably more undocumented inhabitanst plus growing quicker.

In Europe it's supposedly Viseu, Portugal (pop. ca 100,000). Not sure about accuracy of that, though. I feel there must be a bigger town somewhere in East or Southeast Europe without a functioning passanger rail...
In Spain neither Torrevieja nor Marbella have any railway, both over 100.000. Then there are many cities in the 30-50K range without railway. Other larger cities include El Ejido 80K, Motril 60K, Benidorm 60K, Estepona 60K.

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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital with a population of over 3 million is currently not served by any rail lines. Although there are some old rails left (desolate condition) and there is even a big old railway station (interestingly enough it is forbidden to film any rail equipment at that station) there are neither passenger nor cargo trains. The capital is currently disconnected from the country's only functional rail line.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #19
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I don't think there are any railways in Malta, Cyprus, Iceland or on Crete.
There was a railway in Malta for public service. Also there were and maybe are a few in Iceland, but only for private use (for harbours, mines, and similar needs).
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The largest cities in Denmark without rail connection.



Haderslev - 21 396 (29th largest city)
Aabenraa - 15.744 (40th largest city)
Rønne - 13.887 (47th largest city)
Dragør - 11.683 (55th largest city)
Jyllinge - 10.158 (63rd largest city

Grindsted - 9.565 (65th largest city
Nykøbing Mors - 9.222 (68th largest city)

Sæby - 8.843 (69th largest city)
Aars - 8.026 (74rd largest city

Galten-Skovby - 7.895 (77th largest city)
Ebeltoft - 7.623 (83rd largest city)
Bjerringbro - 7.487 (84rd largest city
Faaborg - 7.200 (86th largest city)

Hammel - 6.929 (91st largest city
Slangerup - 6.779 (94rd largest city)
Nordborg - 6.650 (95th largest city)
Skælskør - 6.385 (98th largest city)
Billund - 6.146 (99th largest city)
Assens - 6.072 (102nd largest city)

Kerteminde - 5.789 (104rd largest city)
Munkebo - 5.662 (105th largest city)
Aabybro - 5.435 (109th largest city)
Nibe - 5.047 (114th largest city)
Tune - 5.016 (115 largest city)

Fensmark - 4.976 (117th largest city)
Otterup - 4.927 (118th largest city)
Kjellerup - 4.797 (119th largest city)
Rudkøbing - 4.646 (122nd largest city)
Bellinge - 4.493 (126th largest city)
Klarup - 4.413 (129th largest city)
Vodskov - 4.374 (130rd largest city)
Strib - 4.348 (132nd largest city)
Videbæk - 4.336 (133rd largest city)
Løgstør - 4.300 (134rd largest city)
Svogerslev - 4.273 (136th largest city)
Jægerspris - 4.060 (141rd largest city)
Lynge-Uggeløse - 4.054 (142nd largest city)
Sunds - 4.048 (143rd largest city)

Juelsminde - 3.888
Stege - 3.835
Nexø - 3.700
Bogense - 3.679
Løgumkloster 3.665
.......etc.
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