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8000-mile railway will connect US and China


Posted on Monday, 12 May, 2014 | Comment icon 47 comments

The line would cover more than 8,000 miles. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Easa Shamih
Chinese officials are considering the construction of what would be the world's longest railroad.
The record-breaking line would begin in Beijing and end in the United States, covering a distance of 8,000 miles over China, Siberia and Canada while traversing the Bering Strait through a tunnel 125 miles long, four times the length of the Channel Tunnel.

If it goes ahead the "China-Russia-Canada-America" line will be the longest railway on the planet at 1,800 miles longer than the Trans-Siberian railroad. "Right now we're already in discussions," said engineering expert Wang Mengshu. "Russia has already been thinking about this for many years."

Skeptics of the project argue that the scale and complexity of the line, especially the Bering Strait tunnel, makes the proposal unlikely. Nonetheless, having recently demonstrated its commitment to its railways with the construction of an extensive new network of lines, many believe that China does possess both the funds and the technological capabilities to undertake what would be one of the biggest engineering projects of the 21st century.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (47)

Tags: Railroad, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mantis914 on 13 May, 2014, 19:28
I forget which thread it was that there was underground drilling going on and they hit a wall that they couldn't go through. Wonder what kind of stuff they would run into drilling all that way? Where's 6.6.6, he had a good thread going there about mining...
Comment icon #39 Posted by DieChecker on 13 May, 2014, 20:59
I always wished I could build a tunnel from Alaska to Siberia, when I was playing Civilization back in the day. Railroads were unlimited movement, but to get to another continent you had to use ships, or air drop them. I'd personally rather have a tunnel to Hawaii. So I could drive there instead of flying.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 14 May, 2014, 20:30
"Needless to say cost-benefit and risk analyses and environmental impact studies would be done" Remember, it's China's project. I hope they're better at building railroads than the were at manufacturing dog food.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Rhino666 on 15 May, 2014, 15:05
A first class seat from Beijing to NY is going to cost.......a lot!!!
Comment icon #42 Posted by Admiral Rhubarb on 15 May, 2014, 15:10
Well, that's a flipping long way round. Would it really be more econimical for freight? Surely it could never ever recoup the costs of constructing such a thing, the Channel Tunnel for instance has never made a profit since it was opened. And the costs of maintaining it and ensuring safety would surely make it a complete non-starter.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Admiral Rhubarb on 15 May, 2014, 15:17
You do realize there are many Americans of Chinese decent in the USA? They have culturally been a part of the USA for well over a century and apparently are good at building rail roads (don't look at me like that it's just a joke) If this gets built I fully intend on riding it to Beijing and back. How cool of an idea is this? Certainly, i think technically, if anyone could do it China could, look how they've built up a high-speed network over 10,000 km literally from scratch in less than 10 years, but we know how China seems to exist on a different set of exonomic rules than the rest of the wo... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Frank Merton on 15 May, 2014, 15:27
I think time is not all that far off when the planet will have hundreds of such tunnels going almost everywhere. Air travel is too dangerous and expensive and uses too many resources.
Comment icon #45 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 16 May, 2014, 13:23
Hope to have speed train in south east asia
Comment icon #46 Posted by Parsec on 17 May, 2014, 10:17
Am I the only one who's first thought was Snowpiercer? The Syberian and Canadian ice and snow won't be a problem, since we'll set in motion the new Ice Age and the whole world will be covered in a thick layer of ice!
Comment icon #47 Posted by Lobotomy on 23 May, 2014, 6:08
I think this is a temporary thing. Communism in Russia is dead and what is going on in East Ukraine is mostly die-hard Communists. Other than ego, Putin has nothing going for him and after he passes from the scene Russia will probably revert to more normal politics, or it may split into a dozen countries (what they are doing in Ukraine sets a bad example if you want to keep a country like Russia together in one piece). Let's hope so


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