High-speed rail works well in the world, but even with this in mind, the idea of connecting China and the United States by rail – to put it mildly – may seem difficult to implement. The shortest route, from the Chinese border to Alaska, is about 4000. km, and the main part of the United States – just over 7 thousand. How many.
On the way there are also Siberia and the Bering Strait. It is true that there are some daring ones who have swam in it, but the Chinese project involves building a tunnel through it. It is about 100 km from Asia to North America. This would require a tunnel four times as long as that under the English Channel.
Chinese super train
Can such an investment ever be successful? The first ideas for the China-US railway appeared from the Chinese side in 2014. But then the analyzes showed very high costs compared to the planned profits. The budget alone – 200 billion dollars. (735 billion PLN) an astronomical amount.
However, this does not mean that the fonts theme will not return to the wallpaper. In 2018, China built a 77-kilometer railway with a 16-kilometer underwater tunnel for the super train. So the Middle Kingdom has the right technology and experience. According to Chinese media, a contract with Russia for the construction of a railway in Siberia was also agreed.
On the other hand, the United States and Canada signed a contract in 2020 to build a section connecting the two countries. The rail lines from Alaska to Alberta have an area of 2,500 square metres. How long and cost more than 80 billion PLN. There is a possibility that this line will be part of a transcontinental connection in the future.