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This is a list of the world's railway operating companies listed alphabetically by continent and country. This list includes companies operating both now and in the past.

Note also that in some countries, the railway operating bodies are not companies, but are government departments or authorities.

Historically in some countries, over a period of time, it has gone from Railway Company, then Nationalised to Government Railways, then reverted to Railway Company as operators of the railways.

Particularly in Europe, with privatisations in the 1980s and the separation of the track ownership and management from running the trains, there are now many track-only companies and train-only companies.




Railway unions


  • Algerian Railways (SNTF)




 Burkina Faso

 Côte d'Ivoire


 Republic of the Congo

 Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)

Due to civil war, a good portion of the railway system of the Dem Rep of Congo is not presently functioning)






  • Gabon State Railways (OCTRA)
















 South Africa





  • Togo Railways (RCFT)
  • Although Togo has railways in place, no trains have run on them for many years.





(There are no railways in Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, and Somalia.)



  • (Afghanistan has only 24.6 km of railway which are railheads from neighbouring countries). Iran and Turkmenistan plan to help Afghanistan build a rail network that would enable Iran and Turkey to link up with Central Asia. [1]



  • Union of Burma Railways

 People's Republic of China

 Hong Kong









 South Korea

 North Korea


  • Lebanon State Railways





 Saudi Arabia


 Sri Lanka


 Taiwan (Republic of China)





 New Zealand



  • HSH (Albanian Railways - Hekurudha Shqiptare)




  • NMBS/SNCB (Belgian National Railways - Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen / Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges), abbreviated in Dutch/French.
  • Dillen & Le Jeune Cargo NV


  • ŽFBH (Railways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Željeznice Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine)
  • ŽRS (Railways of Republika Srpska - Željeznice Republike Srpske)


  • BDZh (Bulgarian State Railways - Български Държавни Железници, Bâlgarski Dârzhavni Zheleznitsi)


  • (Croatian Railways - Hrvatske željeznice)

 Czech Republic

  • SŽDC (Správa železniční dopravní cesty, s.o. - Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization)
  • ČD (České dráhy, a.s. - Czech Railways)
  • ČDC (ČD Cargo, a.s.)
  • JHMD (Jindřichohradecké místní dráhy - Jindřichův Hradec Local Railways)
  • CXM (Connex Morava, a.s.)
  • ODOS (Ostravská dopravní společnost, a.s.)
  • OKDD (OKD, Doprava, a.s.)
  • RTT (Railtransport, s.r.o.)
  • UNIDO (Unipetrol doprava, a.s.)
  • VIA (Viamont, a.s.)
  • VIA-C (Viamont cargo, a.s.)


  • DSB (Danish State Railways - Danske Statsbaner)
  • Arriva Danmark
  • GDS/HFHJ (Gribskovbanen / Hillerød-Frederiksværk-Hundested Jernbane)
  • HHJ (Odderbanen (Hads-Ning Herreders Jernbane))
  • HL (Capital City Local Railways - Hovedstadens Lokalbaner)
  • HTJ/OHJ (Høng-Tølløse Jernbane / Odsherreds Jernbane)
  • LJ (Lollandsbanen)
  • LN (Lille Nord)
  • LNJ (Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane)
  • NJ (North Jutland Railways - Nordjyske Jernbaner)
  • ØSJS (Eastern Railway - Østbanen (Østsjællandske Jernbaneselskab))
  • VLTJ (Lemvigbanen (Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane)). A popular song about the railway by Danish band Tørfisk is simply called VLTJ.
  • VNJ (Western Railway - Vestbanen (Varde-Nørre Nebel Jernbane))


  • CoalTerminalTrans Coal train operator to Muuga coal terminal (28.05.2006-31.12.2006)
  • Edelaraudtee South-West Railway (passenger and freight; 1996-)
  • Eesti Vabariigi Raudtee (EVR) Estonian Railways - Eesti Raudtee (privatized 2001, re-nationalized 2006-2007)
  • Elektriraudtee Electric Railway (Tallinn suburban passenger railway) (1998-)
  • Go Rail (named EVR Ekspress until 2006) Operator of the Tallinn–Moscow passenger service (1998-)
  • Põlevkivi Raudtee Coal train operator to Narva Power Plants
  • Raudteeinspektsioon (formerly Raudteeamet) Estonian Railway Inspectorate (regulator) (1999-)
  • Spacecom Freight train operator (2004-)
  • Westgate Transport (Transoil) Freight train operator


  • VR (VR Ltd—VR Oy)
  • Teollisuuden Raideliikenne Oy
  • Pääkaupunkiseudun Junakalusto Oy



*Deutsche Bahn (DB AG - German Railways 1992-) de:Liste deutscher Eisenbahngesellschaften

Passenger railways

Historic state railways



  • MÁV (Hungarian State Railways - Magyar Államvasutak)
  • MMV (Hungarian Private Railways Limited - Magyar Magánvasút Zrt.)
  • Floyd Kft (Hungarian private rail undertaking)
  • GySEV/ROeEE (Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurth Railway - Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurti Vasút / Raab-Oedenburg-Ebenfurter Eisenbahn - Hungaro-Austrian regional railway company)


  • Apart from a short line used in the construction of Reykjavik harbour in the early 20th century, there have never been any railways in Iceland.





  • LG (Lithuanian Railways - Lietuvos geležinkeliai)
  • ASG (Aukštaitija narrow gauge railways - Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis)


  • CFL (Luxembourg Railways - Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois)


  • MZ (Macedonian Railways - Makedonski Zeleznici)


  • CFM (Moldovan Railway - Calea Ferată din Moldova)



A few Dutch railway stations are served, even for journeys within the country, by foreign railway companies under the responsibility of NS; these companies are:

  • DB Regio, including DB Regionalbahn Westfalen and DB Euregiobahn
  • Prignitzer Eisenbahn (part of Arriva Germany)




  • CP (Portuguese Railways - Caminhos de ferro portugueses); Since 2004: Portuguese Trains - Comboios de Portugal
  • Fertagus (Portuguese Private Railway Operator)
  • Comsa
  • Takargo


  • CFR (National Railway Company - Compania Naţională de Căi Ferate "CFR")
  • GFR (Grup Feroviar Roman - Romanian Railway Group)
  • Unifertrans
  • Servtrans


  • RZhD (Russian Railways - Российские железные дороги, Rossiskiye Zheleznye Dorogi)


  • ŽS (Serbian Railways - Železnice Srbije)
  • Beovoz Belgrade Underground railway


  • ŽSR (Železnice Slovenskej Republiky - The Railways of the Slovak Republic, infrastructure manager)
  • ZSSK (Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s., passenger transport operator)
  • ZSSKC (Železničná Spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s., freight transport operator)
  • BRKS (Bratislavská regionálna koľajová spoločnosť, a.s.)
  • LTE (LTE Logistik a Transport Slovakia s.r.o.)
  • SŽDS (Slovenská železničná dopravná spoločnosť, a.s.)


  • (Slovenian Railways - Slovenske železnice)
  • Adria Transport, First private railway company in Slovenia de:Adria Transport




See also: Swiss railroads, List of railway companies in Switzerland



  • UZ (Ukrainian Railway - Укрзалізниця, Ukrzaliznytsya)

 United Kingdom

North America



 United States

South America and Central America


Freight operators

1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) Standard gauge

Buenos Aires suburban operators

Long distance and regional passenger operators



  • Empresa Nacional de Ferrocarriles (ENFER) (Bolivia National Railways, 1996 split and partly privatized)
  • Empresa Ferroviaria Andina (FCA) (Western railway network)
  • Ferroviaria Oriental S.A. (FO) (Eastern railway network, 50% owned by Genesee & Wyoming) [16]


Those lines were ever privately owned:


Locomotive Ferronor 320. Locomotive General Electric U9C


  • Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Colombia (National Railways of Colombia)

 Costa Rica

  • Instituto Costarricense del Ferrocarril (INCOFER)
  • National Atlantic Railroad
  • Pacific Electric Railroad






(see main article: Rail transport in Haiti)

  • Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Port-au-Prince, January 17th 1878 - April 1888
  • Société des Tramways de Port-au-Prince, April 18th 1897 - 1901
    (purchased by Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de la Plaine du Cul-de-Sac)
  • Chemin de Fer Central (owned by Haitian American Sugar Company/Hasco) 1915 - 1932(?)
  • Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de la Plaine du Cul-de-Sac 1896 - 1950's(?)
  • Compagnie Nationale (Compagnie de Fer Nationale?/Haitian National Railroad?) 1905 - 1940's(?)
    (probably purchased by Societe Haitiano-Americaine de Developpement Agricole/SHADA in 1940's)


  • Ferrocarril Nacional de Honduras
  • Vaccaro Railway
  • Tela Railroad

Here are some pictures and information on Ferrocarril Nacional de Honduras



  • (There are no longer any railways in Nicaragua)
  • Ferrocarril del Pacifico de Nicaragua (Pacific Railway of Nicaragua)

see some pictures on




 El Salvador

  • Ferrocarriles Nacionales del Salvador (FENADESAL) (National Railways of El Salvador)


  • Suriname Government Railway


  • Administación de Ferrocarriles del Estado (AFE) [17] (State Railways Administration).


See also

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