The world’s longest railway line is no longer the Trans-Siberian railway. Now China’s new connection with Spain is the longest in the world.
The line that runs between the Chinese coastal city of Yiwu (Zhejiang province) in eastern China and Madrid in Spain measuring 9980 km, which is 741 km longer than the Trans-Siberian railway. The line was inaugurated on 18 November with a freight train with 82 containers and the journey is estimated to take 21 days.
The train goes through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving in Madrid. Train service is operated as a collaboration project between the German railway “Deutsche Bahn” and the Russian Railways “RZD”. The idea is to revive the old long since defunct “Silk Road”, a land corridor that in its heyday was a leader in trade between Asia and Europe.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping has set aside 40 billion $ for a project to improve infrastructure and logistics for rail connections. The intention is to improve international trade and break the leading position which the US has in Asia. Since 2011 there has been an existing railway line from Chongqing to Duisburg in Germany, and a line to Turkey is also being planned.
There is no information available whether passenger transport is planned some on any of these train connections. Sources: India Today, The Hindu and The Washington Post.