Top 10 Longest Rail Tunnels In The World

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6. Taihang Tunnel – China:

A double track tunnel, this tunnel was completed in December 2007. Built for the Shitai Passenger Railway, it connects the capital of the Hebei province, Shijiazhuang with Taiyuan, the capital of the Shanxi province. The tunnel is 27.848m long.


7. Iwate – Ichinohe Tunnel – Japan:

Construction for this 25.810 km long tunnel began in 1991 and it was opened to the public in 2002. Passing through hilly terrain, this tunnel connects Tokyo with Aomori. The maximum depth of this tunnel is about 200 metres.


8. Daishimizu Tunnel – Japan:

22.2 kms long, this is another one of Japan’s tunnels to feature in the list of the longest tunnels in the world. The unique factor of this tunnel is that while, they were digging it they found a lot of natural water and this is being sold in bottles. The tunnel has cut the travelling time between Nigata and Tokyo down to an hour and forty minutes.


9. Simplon I & II– Italy/ Switzerland:

These two tunnels are generally considering as one tunnel, since they both provide access to the Simplon Railway network which connects the Swiss town Brig with Domodossola of Italy. Since both tunnels have only single tracks, they are known as Simplon I & II. The first tunnel was opened in 1906 and the second in 1921


10. Vereina Tunnel – Switzerland:

Located in Eastern Switzerland, at 19.058m it is the longest metre gauge railway tunnel in the world. It is also a single track rail tunnel and services the Swiss RhB Railway network and connects the towns of Scuol- Tarasp and Chur.

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