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China 'considering' building high-speed rail line from Beijing to the United States

Entire trip would take two days and run through Siberia

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2014, 10:26am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 8:19am

China is considering plans to build a high-speed railway line to the US, the country’s official media has reported.

The proposed line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the continental US, according to a report in the state-run Beijing Times newspaper.

Crossing the Bering Strait in between Russia and Alaska would require about 200km (125 miles) of undersea tunnel, the paper said, citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

“Right now we’re already in discussions. Russia has already been thinking about this for many years,” Wang said.

The project - nicknamed the “China-Russia-Canada-America line” - would run for 13,000km, about 3,000km further than the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350kmh (220mph).

The reported plans leave ample room for scepticism. No other Chinese railway experts have come out in support of the proposed project.

Whether the government has consulted Russia, the US or Canada is also unclear. The Bering Strait tunnel alone would require an unprecedented feat of engineering - it would be the world’s longest undersea tunnel - four times the length of the Channel Tunnel which connects France and England.

According to the state-run China Daily, the tunnel technology is “already in place” and will be used to build a high-speed railway between the south-east province of Fujian and Taiwan.

“The project will be funded and constructed by China,” it said. “The details of this project are yet to be finalised.”

The Beijing Times listed the China-US line as one of four international high-speed rail projects currently in the works. The first is a line that would run from London via Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Kiev and Moscow, where it would split into two routes, one of which would run to China through Kazakhstan and the other through eastern Siberia.

The second line would begin in the far-western Chinese city of Urumqi and then run through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey to Germany.

The third would begin in the south-western city of Kunming and end in Singapore. The routes are under various stages of planning and development, the paper said.

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536b50a1-a484-45de-a291-35040a320969
After all the mayhem the Mainland tourists caused around the world, I doubt the US would be stupid enough to let their land be stampeded by hordes of zombies. It's an irony the great wall of China was built to keep invaders out and truth be told, that 1st world countries should start to build their great walls to keep THEM out. Building this railway is a wishful thinking from China.
andreaswagner
China should build one to the backside of the moon. One way of course:)
536cb872-f5bc-40cb-9983-08ef0a3209ca
Obviously this railroad connection will be used for moving freight and would link freight routes from Europe and China to the US, saving time and environment.
In 1907 Russia, the US and France set up a syndicate to build a tunnel under Bering straits and a Russian-American railroad that would enable rail travel from France (or England if the Channel tunnel were built) to Los Angeles or New York by rail. The tunnel was not built because of the world war and the Bolshevik revolution.
First plans for this rail link date from 1850s, in fact there was a Russo-American Railroad Company was set up but it ran out of funds. It did a great deal of surveying and had mapped the railroad before going bankrupt. So the plan is about 160 years old now and at least one attempt to build it was made.
I hope the Chinese will succeed with this.
Good luck.
dchsuen@hku.hk
I believe the "plus, 加" in 中俄加美高鐵 actually means Canada.It would makes no sense to be "plus". This is made evident in the media's use of "俄加美, Russia, Canada and US" as an congregate name of the three countries.
micheleab
Who would want to sit for two days in a train? Madness. Besides, a basic environmental impact plan would reveal the folly of such a project. Only a dictatorship with no need to answer to markets or voters could dream up such a ridiculously uneconomic plan.
recanter
This could actually work. They just need some volunteers to try out the first few runs. I can just see the North Koreans lining up. Next stop U.S.A.!
5353b57f-a9f4-46e1-903d-34f50a320969
2 decades ago I caught the Transberian from BJG to Moscow and well worth the trip. I'll take one across the arctic!
How About
This is the kind of dream and news we should hear more of, building a future and a world that is connected, interlinked filled with hope and possibilities....
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While we're at it, couldn't we double-deck the passenger traffic of this HSR to freight as well?
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zmgzmgzmg
Doesn't sound viable, there cannot be much need to connect those very northern areas with high-speed rail. There must be many other better opportunities out there.
How About
Let the jocks and the naysayers laugh this one out, remember Bill Gates was a geek.
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Say this 13,000 km track is off and running, at $1.5T money of the day, all of the wateland along the Russian Pacific coast and the Alaskan wilderness will be opened up for development and habitation; if doubledecking with freight is attainable, CTU across Pacific is cut down by 60% in transport time, the possibilities are endless...
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