List of railway companies

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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.

Particularly in many European countries beginning in the late-1980s, with privatizations 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





 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)


















  • TransNamib



 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]



 China (People's Republic of China)

Template:Country data Hong Kong SAR,China











 Macau, China



 North Korea


There are few private companies offering private carrying.


 Saudi Arabia


 South Korea

 Sri Lanka


 Taiwan (Republic of China)





Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer


  • HSH (Albanian Railways - Hekurudha Shqiptare)


  • ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways - Österreichische Bundesbahnen, till 1938 called BBÖ)
  • STB (Stubai Valley Railway - Stubaitalbahn) de:Stubaitalbahn
  • StLB (Styrian Provincial Railways - Steiermärkische Landesbahnen) de:Steiermärkische Landesbahnen
  • MBS (Montafonerbahn Schruns, from Bludenz to Schruns) de:Montafonerbahn
  • GKB (Graz-Köflacher Eisenbahn) de:Graz-Köflacher Eisenbahn
  • LTE (Logistik- und Transport GmbH) de:Logistik- und Transport GmbH


  • Passenger/freight train
    • ADY (Azerbaijan Railways - Azərbaycan Dəmir Yolları)
  • Subway


  • Belarusian Railway - Belarusian: БЧ, Беларуская Чыгунка, Белорусская железная дорога Belarusian Railway website



  • 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, Bălgarski Dărzhavni Zheleznitsi)


  • (Croatian Railways - Hrvatske željeznice)

 Czech Republic


  • 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 (operated in 2006)
  • Edelaraudtee (passenger and freight; 1997–2014)
  • Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways, national raylway company; privatized 2001, re-nationalized 2006–2007)
  • Elektriraudtee (Electric Railway, Tallinn suburban passenger railway; 1998–2013)
  • Elron (government-owned passenger train operator; 2013–)
  • Go Rail (named EVR Ekspress until 2006; Tallinn–Moscow passenger service operator; 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)


Passenger services

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

Freight only

  • Proxion Train Oy
  • Teollisuuden Raideliikenne Oy



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

Passenger railways

Historic state railways


  • TrainOSE and OSE (Greek Railways Organization - Οργανισμός Σιδηροδρόμων Ελλάδας, Organismós Sidirodrómon Elládas)


Passenger services

  • MÁV (Hungarian State Railways - Magyar Államvasutak), Infrastructure manager
  • GySEV/ROeEE (Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurth Railway - Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurti Vasút / Raab-Oedenburg-Ebenfurter Eisenbahn - Hungaro-Austrian regional railway company), Infrastructure manager

Freight only


  • 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.





  • Kosovo Railways (Kosovo Railways J.S.C - Hekurudhat e Kosovës Sh.A - Kosovske Železnice D.O.O.)




  • CFL (Luxembourg Railways - Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois)


  • MZ (Macedoniann Railways - Makedonski Zeleznici)



  • CFM (Moldovan Railway - Calea Ferată din Moldova)


  • SNCF (French National Railways - Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français)



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:

Cargo operators in the Netherlands

  • ACTS
  • Rail4Chem
  • Captrain
  • Veolia transport The Netherlands
  • ERS Railways
  • Rotterdam Rail Feeding
  • PortFeeders
  • Railion / DB Schenker
  • Bemo Rail

There are also a couple of Train Charter company's active in the Netherlands;

  • EETC
  • - Alpen Express
  • - Skitrein
  • - Skitrein Disco
  • - Auto Slaaptrein
  • RailInsight

- Berglandtrein

  • HerikRail




State Companies

  • CP (Portuguese Railways - Caminhos de ferro portugueses); Since 2004: Portuguese Trains - Comboios de Portugal
  • IP Infrastructure gesture; since 2015

State Subway Companies

Private Companies


State companies

Private companies

Private Company rail operator

Light rail




  • ŽSR (Železnice Slovenskej Republiky - The Railways of the Slovak Republic, infrastructure manager)
  • ZSSK (Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s., passenger transport operator)
  • ZSSSSKČS (Železničná Spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s., freight transport operator)
  • BRKS (Bratislavská regionálna koľajová spoločnosť, a.s.)
  • LTT (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

  Vatican City

  • FS, Italian State Railways
  • Trenitalia (Passenger division of FS)

Latin America and the Caribbean


Freight operators

Buenos Aires suburban operators

Long distance and regional passenger operators




Those lines were always privately owned:


Locomotive Ferronor 320. Locomotive General Electric U9C
  • Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE) Chilean State Railways
  • FEPASA, Chilean Freight Operation Concession on the broad gauge lines in the south
  • TRANSAP, Chilean Freight Operation Concession on the broad gauge lines in the south
  • Ferronor FERRONOR, Chilean Freight Operation Concession on the meter gauge lines in the north
  • FCALP, Chilean Freight Operation Concession on the meter gauge lines in the north
  • FCAB, Chilean Freight Operation Private company on the meter gauge lines in the north
  • Sociedad Química y Minera, cape gauge line from Maria Elena to Tocopilla


 Costa Rica



 Falkland Islands




  • Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Port-au-Prince, January 17, 1878 - April 1888
  • Société des Tramways de Port-au-Prince, April 18, 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 Société Haitiano-Américaine de Développement Agricole/SHADA in 1940s)


Here are some pictures and information on Ferrocarril Nacional de Honduras




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 El Salvador




North America



 United States



 New Zealand


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