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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:51 AM   #21
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Belarusian Railroad doesn't use a gauge of 1435 mm :P

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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #22
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Actually, Iran is building railway lines from freight-line from Khoramsahr to Basra, and Bam to Zahedan so in a few years time it will be possible to travel from Narvik to Bam via standard gauge, which would be around 10,000km.

If India and Pakistan follow through on their promise to convert their networks to standard gauge, then the Eurasian network would probably be longer than the North American one.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:18 AM   #23
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Actually, Iran is building railway lines from freight-line from Khoramsahr to Basra, and Bam to Zahedan so in a few years time it will be possible to travel from Narvik to Bam via standard gauge, which would be around 10,000km.

If India and Pakistan follow through on their promise to convert their networks to standard gauge, then the Eurasian network would probably be longer than the North American one.
I have also seen some chatter not long ago about the various countries in Africa starting to coalesce towards the 1435mm/AAR 'Type E' railroad standard.

NOW, how difficult would it be to connect such an African network with the forthcoming Eurasian one (keeping in mind that it would require a short transit of Israel)?



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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #24
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0km by standard gauge, but by broad gauge aroung 8000km or more.(Tallinn-Vladivostok)
Wouldn't that broad-gauge network extend to the Finland-Sweden border at Palovaara, Sweden/Tornea, Finland or, more likely, the Russian Naval base area at Severomorsk or even more likely Nikel, near the northern Norwegian border?

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Old June 13th, 2009, 08:17 AM   #25
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NOW, how difficult would it be to connect such an African network with the forthcoming Eurasian one (keeping in mind that it would require a short transit of Israel)?
There is a bridge that is proposed that will incorporate rail between Yemen and Djibouti, making a Africa-Asia link without going through that area you noted. I don't know much about it's current progress, but if it is built and a subsequent railroad is made to connect it to Saudi Arabia and further afield, that there would be a connection. Who know if it will ever happen though.

Here's a link to the bridge:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=639298
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Old June 13th, 2009, 08:53 AM   #26
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Old June 13th, 2009, 09:42 AM   #27
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Southern African "Standard" gauge travel

In Southern Africa the common or standard gauge is the narrow 1065mm gauge or 3 feet 6 inches. With this you can travel nearly 5000 km from Cape Town in South Africa to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. Check out www.rovosrail.co.za for a company that run this in the luxury style of the Orient Express at least three times a year. It is also possible to do the trip using normal scheduled passenger trains by using the following schedules:
1. Cape Town to Johannesburg (about 24 hours) on Shosholoza Meyl
2. Johannesburg to Mafikeng (about 10 hours) on Shosholoza Meyl
3. Mafikeng to Bulawayo (about 24 hours) on Botswana Railways
4. Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (about 10 hours) on National Railways of Zimbabwe
5. Victoria Falls to Kapiri Mposhi (about 20 hours) on Railway Systems of Zambia
6. Kapiri Mposhi to Dar Es Salaam (about 24 hours) on TAZARA

http://www.rovosrail.co.za/rovos-map.html
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Old June 13th, 2009, 10:21 AM   #28
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If India and Pakistan follow through on their promise to convert their networks to standard gauge, then the Eurasian network would probably be longer than the North American one.
India never promised to convert its network to standard gauge. But I have read this proposition about Pakistan.
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Old April 10th, 2011, 10:49 PM   #29
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Just to stir this again, from Melbourne I can travel c. 3676 m to Darwin ( I'm using my road Atlas) or say 3,450 km to Perth in one direction, & 1,827 km to Brisbane in the opposite direction, where the 3'6" takes over.
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Old April 10th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #30
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Guangzhou to Lhasa, 4980 km, longest train ride on standard gauge rail.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #31
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I think Brisbane to Darwin beats you.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 09:42 AM   #32
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But that's just a huge U shaped route that is double the length of a hypothetical direct route through northern Queensland... (since we're comparing distances as the crow flies)
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But that's just a huge U shaped route that is double the length of a hypothetical direct route through northern Queensland... (since we're comparing distances as the crow flies)
Are we? I think Narvik to Iran ... or Trans North America ... wins anyway.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #34
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If India and Pakistan follow through on their promise to convert their networks to standard gauge, then the Eurasian network would probably be longer than the North American one.
what promise? India never said it would start converting its gauge to standard guage
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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #35
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India is converting its metre gauge lines to broad gauge.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 04:20 AM   #36
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Old April 13th, 2011, 04:29 AM   #37
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In fact, India and Russia have different gauge, except them who don't have standard gauge, converting gauge is good for economic develpment, what ever for transport goods, passengers or more cheap train, equipment, rail and more suppliers. India and Russia can no do that just because high cost and they have theirs suppliers.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #38
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Are we? I think Narvik to Iran ... or Trans North America ... wins anyway.
Yes, see my original post. I'm interested in how far away from your starting point you can get by staying on standard gauge tracks, not how many kilometres of steel you can travel over...
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Old April 14th, 2011, 08:55 PM   #39
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Yes, see my original post. I'm interested in how far away from your starting point you can get by staying on standard gauge tracks, not how many kilometres of steel you can travel over...
Then I'll settle on a trip to Darwin (3676 km).
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Old April 18th, 2011, 12:29 PM   #40
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From Cape Town through the Bering strait to Ushuaia 100 years leter. Just imagined all human beings united.
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