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will get 20% off their premium subscription. This video is not about what the longest train
is. I mean, like, it’s not about the longest
physical train. The reason the video is about this and not
this is because the answer to this is quite boring. It’s this one. It was 4.5 miles long. Great, fascinating, right? Let’s move on. If you’ve watched any of these videos you
know that you’re not getting the answer to what the longest train journey is right
off the bat because it’s not that simple! There’s different categories and criteria
and little minutia that I just need to explain. Namely, it’s really really hard to run a
train super long distances. You see, here’s a map. Every different color on this map represents
a different track gauge in a different country. Much like different countries have different
plug types and currencies and driving directions and measurement systems, the railroads of
different countries have different widths of tracks. Previous testing has proven that trains don’t
work well off the track so the trains of any given country only work in certain countries. This can create some difficulties. You’ll notice, on the map, that Spain and
Portugal have a different gauge than the rest of Europe. Finland does too but that’s just Finland
being Finland. The supposed reason for Spain’s different
gauge, and this is not a joke, was so that the French couldn’t invade by train, but
nowadays, the Spanish might actually want to go to France and up until recently, they
couldn’t… at least not by train… without changing trains. Spain built some high speed lines in the standard
gauge that France uses from the major cities to France so you can now take a direct train,
for example, from Madrid and Barcelona to Paris, but in other areas, on the non high-speed
lines, you can’t cross the border by train. If you want to take a train from Biarritz
to San Sebastian, for example, you’re out of luck because the Spanish tracks are 9.17
inches wider than the French ones so you have to take the train to Hendaye, walk all the
way across this bridge, then catch the train from Irun, or you could just take the bus. Now, you can actually switch the gauges of
trains but it’s massively inconvenient. At best it takes hours for a full-length passenger
train, but some trains, like the legendary trans-Siberian service from Moscow to Beijing,
do exactly this. This train stops at the Mongolian-Chinese
border for four hours while its reconfigured for the thinner Chinese tracks. As it turns out, by doing this, this train
is the third longest passenger service in the world spanning 5,582 miles over six days. But just for some fun, let’s do a rapid
fire round of the longest passenger train services by country. In the United States its the 65 hour, 2,700
mile trip from Chicago to Los Angeles; in the United Kingdom its the 13 hour, 720 mile
trip from Aberdeen to Penzance; in Canada its the 86 hour, 2,770 mile trip from Toronto
to Vancouver; in Australia its the 65 hour, 2,700 miles trip from Sydney to Perth; and
finally in India, its the 80 hour, 2,660 mile trip from Kannyakumari to Dibrugarh. However, the world’s second longest train
service is, big surprise, also in Russia! It’s also a trans-Siberian service from
Moscow to Vladivostok in 144 hours and 5,772 miles, but the longest train goes to the least
friendly Korea in the world—North Korea. You see, the longest train service in the
world isn’t really a full train—it’s this train carriage. The North Korean State Railway runs this service
from Pyongyang to Moscow by sending this sleeper car north to the border with Russia and then
attaching it to the Russian train from Vladivostok to Moscow. This is technically a direct service since
you never leave the carriage for those 206 hours and 6,380 miles which makes this, definitely,
the longest passenger train service in the world. But of course, there’s a reason I keep saying
“passenger” because there are longer cargo services. China, in an effort to improve connectivity
with the west, has started running cargo trains directly to Europe, and these aren’t just
for show. There’s a legitimate place for cargo trains
as a medium-speed service between super fast cargo planes, which take about 12 hours to
get to the UK, and cargo ships, which take 30 days to get to the UK. This 7,500 mile trip from Yiwu, China to London,
England via to the channel tunnel takes about 18 days to complete and can definitely be
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100 thoughts on “What’s the Longest Train in the World?

  • January 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    The answer is at 3:16 you're welcome

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  • January 31, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I couldn't figure out how to dislike videos, thankfully I went to brilliant.org and learned how! Now I can finally dislike all those videos that are 20% advertisements and really not that interesting in the other 80%

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  • February 3, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    In Spain there is a Gauge changing system (Talgo) that can change the width of a train in a matter of seconds. You can see it in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8N7Ikw87tM

    But, of course, it doesn't work on any train. It needs to have a specific kind of bogie.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    Nowadays there are trains that can switch gauge in a few minutes. They operate e.g. in Spain to connect High speed line on european gauge and conventional line on iberian gauge. They implemented this on a Berlin-Moscow service too.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Freedom units? Britain has something to say about that.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    When u doing plane videos again

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  • February 7, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    Hey I’ve been watching your videos for a year or so now and I love them. I used some of them for my urban geography class. I am sorry I have an amend to mehr to this video: changing the width of a train for it to circulate on different tracks is right now a matter of minutes. There is great technology that has been in use for that for decades now, eg on the overnight train Paris – Madrid. Keep it up!!

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    A really long jorney would be a fright train from London to Hong Kong, by swaping units and waggons, longer but cheaper then changing wheel brackets

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  • February 11, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    Is South Korea is cheongnyangi to bujeon station

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  • February 11, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Did anyone else notice that the UK plug was the only one that had a switch to turn it on and off

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  • February 15, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    1:54 …… art??

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  • February 15, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    I clicked on the video for the longest train and not longest train journey, because I was interested in knowing what the longest train is. To say that you publish videos with misleading titles is your thing, it's a pretty shitty thing.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    Wow

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  • February 22, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    Brave Dave's Big Fat Freight Hop!

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  • February 22, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    1:26 you didn’t censore that like you did in the video about the Eiffel Tower

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  • February 22, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    Australia has the best outlets and that’s facts

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  • February 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    You lost my interest after 15 seconds.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Why not just…book a flight?

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  • March 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    In Spain and Portugal there's a different gauge because in Iberian Peninsula there are lots of mountains and the steam locomotives haven't got enough power to cross them. So a bigger gauge means more capacity in it's boilers, and more power.

    Also, between 1969 and 2012, there were some international services between Spain and France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, which has got a tecnology made by Talgo. They made a system that allowed bogies to change gauge easily. If you want for more info, look for "Catalan Talgo" in Google or YouTube.

    Also, some French trains arrive to Irun, and some Spanish trains (in this case are from the vasque country operator EuskoTren and not from the Spanish national operator, Renfe) arrive to Hendaye

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  • March 5, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    Now the REAL question. Do the british use the longest train in the world to import tea?

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  • March 8, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    0:55 ‘merica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!boi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • March 15, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    Nope. I've been on the train from Madrid to Paris.

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  • March 16, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    0:54 Are they making fun of us?

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  • March 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Changing gauge is something that happens frequently in Spain

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  • March 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Кароч Рашка Лучше

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  • March 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    Freedom units I loved it

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  • March 19, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    Из России прямо в Северную Корею! Какая ирония!

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  • March 22, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    I like russian Moscow to bejing I love that routr

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  • March 29, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    I really admire all your videos but change to metric FFS!

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  • March 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    1:15 Thanks… I live in finland

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  • April 2, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    2:28 moscow-beijing thats also the name of one of my favourite songs

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    America uses Freedom Units

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  • April 7, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    About the gauge change around 2:07 – "At best it takes hours". Spains says hold my beer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiH4kt14yGw

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  • April 7, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    my Minecraft train track is longer

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  • April 11, 2019 at 12:43 am
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    why 424??

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  • April 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    you are once again wrong! the highspeed trains ARE NOT built on European gage tracks. They change gage. They literally just drive through a track and the wheels fit the french gage . They don’t even need to stop just drive a bit slower 💁🏽‍♀️

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  • April 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    1:26 bet this clip is illegal…

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  • April 18, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    All other questions aside, who tf would want to go to North Korea.

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  • April 19, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    If the train starts or ends in North Korea well no one is going on that train🤣

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  • April 19, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    0:23 LONGE BOYE

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  • April 20, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Belarus and Ukraine have the same track as Russia, so could there be a train service from Minsk or Kievto the capital of North Korea, won't that be the longest passenger train route in the world?

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  • April 21, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    connect the trans siberian highway all the way down to south africa on one end and all the way across the bering strait and down to the southern tip of Argentina on the other. then I'll be impressed

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  • April 22, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    Longest Train is 7 km

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  • April 22, 2019 at 9:54 am
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    I thought this was the longest train on Earth,
    Not the largest train TRIP on Earth.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Me and the homies fucking your mum

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  • April 28, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    I know the longest train is

    n o t h i n g

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  • April 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    Planes and trains, wow this guy loves transportation!😂

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  • May 1, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    i wonder what happens to the passsenger that want to be the first to go out bu the other passengers want to be first.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Fuck india

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  • May 15, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    I always wondered why a train that would regularly cross a border couldn’t be designed with a dual system; a second set of wheels at the other gauge.

    Lots of large trucks have 4 wheels on the same axle so as far as I can tell, there’s no major mechanical reason for it not to be possible.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    Anybody know the song he is using?

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:43 am
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    The first 420 420 people

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  • May 26, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    Watch until 4:26 and click off to avoid the embedded commercial.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    You are well and truly out of date. The longest train was in Western Australia 2001 hauling iron ore, the Spanish have an automatic gauge change system that takes much less than 4 hours and Australia has three rail gauges, 3'6", 5'3" and 4'8.5". The longest passenger train has been the Ghan, with 44 carriages.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    “18 day freight train journey”
    Yo someone call Brave Dave

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    You're talking out of your fucking ass. I'm from Spain and I've traveled by regular Talgo trains from Barcelona to Paris more than once. You DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE TRAINS. The train is stopped at a yard by the border and it's fitted (dunno if by changing the width of the mechanism or what) so you can enter France with the same train without even having to leave it. DO YOUR FUCKING RESEARCH.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    About Finland being Finland.
    There are plans to connect Finland and all the Baltic countries to rest of the Europe with Rail Baltica.

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  • June 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Consider the train from Moscow to Berlin – it automatically changes the wheel width as it passes the border between Belarus and Poland

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  • June 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    in australia, all the states have different track widths. so you can't leave any state without having to change trains

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  • June 9, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    ok, the front of the train is here, now the back is 4 and a half miles away

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  • June 10, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    0:59 “Previous testing has proven that trains don’t work well off the track” 😂

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  • June 12, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    Finland being Finland

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  • June 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    The longest train ride in the UK is actually Thurso to Penzance

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  • June 13, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    Brave Dave. A British man who freight hopped from Montreal to Vancouver.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    Its actually from Thurso to Penzance

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  • June 16, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    1:11 You didn’t mention Ireland had a different one to, it is a EU country ya know?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    Wait, no…go back…I wanna know more about the 4 mile long train. Like what circumstances required such a train, how did they distribute the power to be able to not overcome the tinsel strength of the car's couplings, how did they handle it as a sizable unit, how did the engineer's have to overcome the handling of such a train so as to not snap it in half each time they made a change in speed. Truthfully…I actually am more interested in that then the longest train ride.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    The title of this video is misleading. THUMBS DOWN.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Actually there are 2 different Moscow-Vladivostok trains, they have some differences in routes. So all top 3 longest trains located in Russia.

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  • June 27, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    thers's a train from China to Madrid now, it may be the longest.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Don't momeytuke pm

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  • June 30, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Title: What's the longest train in the world?

    Thumbnail: Line on a map of Korea

    Me: that's a fucking long train

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    4:12 that’s almost a month or a month depending on what month it is accept February. A month and one or two days.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Well you lied in your video title for a start. Fools.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    me want learn brics

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  • July 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    0:54 UK USES IMPERIAL NOT METRIC

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  • July 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    0:55 slow clap

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Background music? Anyone? 🤨

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  • July 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    the fuuuf? who would invade a country by trains? Spain what are you smoking?

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  • July 10, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    MEGA SELLOUT!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Man I love this channel more than the infographics show, that show drags too much unnecessary crap just to reach longer minutes and get more watch time, you just do your thing and go. I respect that.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    0:22 Longest train in the world.

    682 cars and 7,300 m long, 82,000 metric tons of ore for a total weight of 99734 tonnes, eight locomotives.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    Yo-yo-yo

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  • July 16, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    You learn more from HAI than at school.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    So its the longest train ride, not the train itself…

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    You in US name ypur measurements system "freedom units" ? WTF!!! It is so STUPID 🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂 pls wake up and use the normal system… ok i understand you can not do it so fast. But why freedom units? I a, very serious and if somebody can help me that would be awesome

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  • July 25, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    4:17 Dagenham dock to be exact. Then it goes onto our special high tippy toppie foreign made vans to its destination

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  • July 26, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    A bit of extra trivia:

    1. 2:36: the Chicago-Los Angeles train mentioned here is the Texas Eagle, operated by Amtrak (the national passenger train operator in the United States), and is one of two Chicago-Los Angeles trains operating, the other being the Southwest Chief (2,265 miles in 41 hours): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Eagle and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Chief

    2. 2:45: the Toronto-Vancouver train is called the Canadian and is operated by Via Rail (Canada's version of Amtrak): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_(train)

    3. 3:20: this sort of "train service" where a passenger car is transferred from one train to another is called a through coach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_coach

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    actually,you can get to hundaye from irun on spanish trains,the spanish sleeper to portugal does too

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    Face reveal

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    "Now you can actually change the guages of trains but it's massivly difficult. At best it takes hours for a full length passenger train."

    Talgo: "Allow us to introduce ourselves."

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  • July 31, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    I’d argue the China – London service isn’t direct, as the containers have to change wagons and locomotives.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    I thought the longest train route was the one used by Snowpiercer… jk

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  • August 1, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    The longest train rides are in Hungary. It is rare to have at least one train that doesnt have a fucking hour delay

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Wait I took a slow train from France to Spain. It was Perpignan(France) to Port Bou (Spain)

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Russia do love trains

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    1:54 did he just say Hentai?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    How much First class Tickets to longest routes

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  • August 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Your pronunciation of Biarritz is vile

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