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China, Russia+USA Rail Line
May 16, 2014

China plans to build an ambitious 13,000 km rail line to operate bullet trains to America through Russia passing through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean to reach the continental USA via Alaska and Canada.  The proposed line beginning from China's north east could go through Russia's eastern Siberia, the Bering Strait, Alaska, Canada and then reach the contiguous USA. 

Once the line is put to use, bullet trains can run at 350 km per hour, enabling passengers to travel from northeastern China to the USA in less than two days.  Russia, which is heavily dependent on rail transport like China, is also progressively advocating the idea. Crossing the Bering Strait in between Russia and Alaska would require about 200 km of undersea tunnel.  Russia has already been thinking about this for many years. 

The project - nicknamed the China-Russia plus America line, would run for 13,000 km, about 3,000 km further than the Trans-Siberian Railway. The entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350 kmh. 

  • China has already built a rail network up to Xigaze close to Arunachal Pradesh border. 

  • China has completed 11028 km of high speed train network and another 12000 km tracks under construction. 

  • Chinese officials in 2010 spoke of China's wish building a high speed train network connecting India and Pakistan. 

  • Another important project, the Nujiang River Rail Bridge, will also be launched soon. Both the bridge and the tunnel are elements of the Dali-Ruili Railway, which will extend 330 km to link China with its neighbour Myanmar. 

  • China has already commenced an oil and gas pipeline from Myanmar. The rail lines constitute the southern part of the Trans-Asian Railway, which was initiated in the 1960s and began to take shape after 18 countries endorsed an agreement in November 2006. 

  • Some sections of the railway suitable for high-speed operation will allow trains to run at 250 km per hour. Other sections will hold speeds to a maximum of 180 kph, 


Meanwhile, the construction of ambitious Trans-Asian Railway Network connecting China with Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore is set to commence next month.  The plan will begin with the construction of a 30-km long tunnel, stated to be the longest in Asia connecting
China with Myanmar. 


 

 


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