Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Long Trains on the Mauritania Railway

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A 700-kilometre rail line brings iron ore from the mines in Zouerate to the port in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Passengers on the line will be happy to know that they now have they now have their own accomodations and no longer have to sit in the ore hoppers during the 12-hour trip.

With trains up to 3 kilometres long, it’s been touted as the world’s longest train, and this video gives you an idea of why:

But there are reports of even longer trains elsewhere, especially in western Australia, where trains of six or eight kilometres have been claimed (see, for example, the comments on the YouTube page for the above video and this page). Still, a long train is a long train, even if it isn’t the longest.

More about the train from the Société nationale industrielle et minière, the operator, and the Wikipedia entry.

Via Gadling.

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