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China plans 13,000km rail link with America

Posted on Sunday, 12 July, 2015 | Comment icon 18 comments

The journey from China to the US would take two days. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Khalidshou
China is hoping to link up the two countries with a land route that would pass beneath the Bering Strait.
The extremely ambitious project would result in an uninterrupted railway line from Beijing all the way to the US via a route that would take it across Russia and underneath the ocean.

The 200km of undersea tunnels would be split in to two with the first going from Russia to Big Diomede Island and the second stretching from Little Diomede Island to Canada.

If construction of the route went ahead it would be one of the longest railroads on the planet and a journey from one end to the other would take a full two days even for a high speed train.
According to railway expert Wang Mengshu the project has already been approved by Russia however the whole idea has been otherwise met with a significant degree of skepticism.

Even one of the two proposed underwater tunnels beneath the Bering Strait would represent one of the most challenging engineering projects of the modern age and there is no evidence that such an undertaking has ever been approved by officials in either the US or Canada.

One of the current longest undersea tunnels in the world, the Channel Tunnel, is 50km long. The new tunnels, if they were to ever go ahead, would each need to be more than double that length.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (18)

Tags: China, Tunnel

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dark_Grey on 13 July, 2015, 20:29
Some contractor and some politician are about to make heaps of money together..
Comment icon #10 Posted by RoofGardener on 13 July, 2015, 20:38
Hmmm..... a tunnel all the way from Beijing Barracks, into the heart of America. EXCELLENT idea.
Comment icon #11 Posted by scaniaman on 13 July, 2015, 21:43
here in the uk its going to take 15 years to complete the hs2 line, 100 miles from birmingham to london.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Erowin on 17 July, 2015, 16:30
It would be pretty smart though, I mean think of how much goods travel from China to the US. It can take weeks to get here because it needs to come by boat, or by plane (which is expensive). We depend on China so much for stuff, that linking the countries would be an economic miracle.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Gingitsune on 17 July, 2015, 20:27
The project have been around since the Czars' days and have been surfacing every now and then since the end of cold war. There was indeed words the Chinese are interested in founding the project since a few years, but we are far from anything concrete, and by far, I mean there are thousands of kilometers of rails to be made in the mountains, both in Siberia and in British Columbia, Yukon plus Alaska, that will probably cost more than the tunnel itself. And without it, they'll have a fancy tunnel from nowhere Siberia to nowhere Alaska. The rail to Tibet look like child play in comparison. Anywa... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Silver Surfer on 19 July, 2015, 8:58
I wonder who will send the first nuke on the train.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Gingitsune on 21 July, 2015, 17:13
For the moment, it would be very complicated to send a nuclear bomb or troops using rails. There is the break of gauge, like I explained on my last post, and there's also a conversion problem between the electric locomotive network in Europe/China and the diesel locomotive in North America. Plus, there will be only one railroad up to the Canadian border, as there are only one road... It would probably be easier to send the bomb or troops by boat cargo. At least you get in important cities right away. But let me explain all the hurdles one by one. Let's start with the track gauge. Back in the d... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Gingitsune on 22 July, 2015, 5:02
Plus, once you cross the Canadian border, you are still days away from any worthwhile target. Unless you plan to nuke Vancouver or the tar sand deposits, you are still far from your potential goal (which are mainly on East Coast). There are still so many ways to catch the doomtrain and so many places to make it explode far into the countryside, to temper the damages.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 July, 2015, 9:00
Don't do it. Sounds like the way a nuclear device would arrive on US soil, with no one claiming it. I must be having a tinfoil hat day. I wonder who will send the first nuke on the train. China have ICBM's and SLBM's if they ever seriously wanted to attack the US. Can anyone come up with a scenario where China would benefit from nuking the US, with a nuke on a train ? In any event this is unlikely to happen anytime soon and I can't really see how the enourmous costs of building a railway through some of the most difficult terrain imaginable is ever going to be cost-effective ? Then of course t... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Gingitsune on 22 July, 2015, 20:39
For the cost effectiveness, there are quite a few valuable minerals to dig, both in Siberia and in Alaska, that would pay for a part of the expense. Plus, the line would be in the exact axis of the shortest distance between United States and China (map are misleading, check out with a globe or google map on satellite version). The Bering train would be a faster than boat cheaper than plane mean of transportation, which would be perfect for a large categories of goods. I have no doubt that it will be made some day, but it could well only happen in the 22nd century. As for transporting people, I... [More]

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