It may be a surprise for some people who have lived with trains all their lives to know that there are some countries that do not have railway tracks at all. There are different reasons for this but the most common reason is poverty.
The government does not have enough money in order to create a railway track that can connect different places together. There are also some countries that used to have railway tracks like Libya but they do not use the trains and the railway track anymore. Malta used to have a railway track too. Iceland does not have a railway track yet but according to reports, it may release one soon.
There are several countries in the world that do not have railway systems connecting the nation. For some, the reason is that the nation is so poor and cannot spend money on a rail system. Other nations are so small and may be island countries that do not sense a need for a railway system.
An unusual one on this list is Iceland but they do have plans to introduce a system of railway called the Lava Express where they plan for construction by about 2020. Other nations where they have such plans are Oman and Qatar where they plan for extensive networks within their nations. Nations like Libya and also Malta formerly had a railway system but no more.
O. Miller, Content Optimization Executive, Studied Journalism and Psychology, Austin,Texas
Answered Feb 08, 2019
Most countries have rail track because they have trains and a need for this type of transportation whether it be for passenger use or freight. Most larger countries have these trains because they would have to drive buses, trucks or cars to drive across the country which would take a long time. Instead, they use trains.
The countries that do not have trains is mainly because they are small island countries and therefore they do not have a lot of land to travel. Iceland is another country that does not have trains for one reason or another. Some third world countries do not have rail track or a train system because they are too poor to construct one. There are over ninety countries without trains.