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China may build an undersea train to America

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

China is planning to build a train line that would, in theory, connect Beijing to the United States. According to a report in the Beijing Times, citing an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese officials are considering a route that would start in the country's northeast, thread through eastern Siberia and cross the Bering Strait via a 125-mile long underwater tunnel into Alaska.

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:35 PM

I don't know about this....125 miles of underwater tunnels honestly sound incredibly dangerous...what if the train derails somewhere in the middle? how could they be there in time? and who is gonna control and check all those rails constantly?


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:43 PM

Let's see if they use the project to claim that Alaska is part of China.

In fact I admire their ambition, if they limit it to construction and exploits and not politics.


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:45 PM

View PostAngelicon, on 11 May 2014 - 02:35 PM, said:

I don't know about this....125 miles of underwater tunnels honestly sound incredibly dangerous...what if the train derails somewhere in the middle? how could they be there in time? and who is gonna control and check all those rails constantly?
No one says you have to use it and I imagine they will have thought of that.


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:05 PM

I guess they will have to negotiate with our Russian friends to go through Siberian soil, (end of project).

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:11 PM

The proposed path crosses two major tectonic boundaries known for starting huge earthquakes. If this is serious, they had better know what they are doing.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:03 AM

Brilliant!! Simply Brilliant... the world needs such mega - projects to move technology forward, without it being the result of "conflict Response". Not sure if I agree with 2 major tectonic boundaries naysaying because it all depends on the final routing of the railway.

Looking forward to more information coming forward.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:05 AM

Putting aside the safety and construction concerns if this materialises it's great that the railway still holds such a strong position in our transport networks after 300 years.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:50 AM

Why? Do "we" really need it?


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

View PostHobbit Feet, on 12 May 2014 - 11:50 AM, said:

Why? Do "we" really need it?

You could apply that to so many things mankind has built on a global and individual scale, now lets imagine the world if we did.

Edit:

You could apply that negativity to so many things mankind has built on a global and individual scale, now lets imagine the world if we applied 'do we really need it' to the rest of the worlds infrastructure.

Edited by Junior Chubb, 12 May 2014 - 01:06 PM.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:36 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 12 May 2014 - 12:07 PM, said:

You could apply that to so many things mankind has built on a global and individual scale, now lets imagine the world if we did.
What we "need" and what would be of major benefit to everyone involved are two different things.  Needless to say cost-benefit and risk analyses and environmental impact studies would be done, but I fully expect designs that pass them would work.  It would be a huge improvement over all the aircraft in the skies and that will be in future skies as the population's wealth increases.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:51 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 12 May 2014 - 12:36 PM, said:

Needless to say cost-benefit and risk analyses and environmental impact studies would be done, but I fully expect designs that pass them would work.  It would be a huge improvement over all the aircraft in the skies and that will be in future skies as the population's wealth increases.

No need to tell me Frank, I think Hobbit Feet is the one with the concerns. :tu:

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:57 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 12 May 2014 - 12:51 PM, said:

No need to tell me Frank, I think Hobbit Feet is the one with the concerns. :tu:
Right; sorry about that.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:59 PM

View PostHobbit Feet, on 12 May 2014 - 11:50 AM, said:

Why? Do "we" really need it?

I guess because it gives you the ability to carry massive loads at high speeds, relatively cheaply. I would think much of it would need to be covered as it would be traversing some of the most uninhabitabe terrain on earth and encountering violent weather with tons of blowing snow and dangerous cold.  I'd elevate it thouh the Siberian marsh-land and probably the artciic areas as well so snow would blow under rather than over.

Edited by Merc14, 12 May 2014 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:00 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 12 May 2014 - 12:57 PM, said:

Right; sorry about that.

No problem, I re-read my post and realised it could be interpreted differently from what I intended. Edit is on its way...

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