Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

“Tren Transpeninsular” in a World of Transcontinental Trains more than 10,000 kilometers long

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Inaugurated by Czar Nicholas II in March 1890, the Trans-Siberian railway has become an engineering wonder. Spreading from Moscow to the far East side of the country and the sea of Japan, the route is approximately 9,290 km long, making it the longest railway in the world. Today it is a major tourist attraction, as the route takes 8 days to complete and makes several stops along the way, allowing tourists to sightsee and stop in places like Vladivostok, Omsk, Chita and the great Baykal lake, one of the cleanest lakes in the world.
Now as technology increases and new commercial and touristic projects are created, a Chinese official has unveiled a plan to connect “China-Russia-Canada-United States,” that will start in Shanghai and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel under the Pacific Ocean then cut across Alaska and West Canada to reach the continental US. The Chinese official Wang Mengshu said “Right now we´re already in discussions. Russia has already been thinking about this for many years”.
Lake Baikal (Russia)

Lake Baikal (Russia)

The project – nicknamed the “China-Russia-Canada-America” line – would run for 13,000 km, about 3,000km further than the Trans-Siberian Railway. The entire trip would take two days, with the train traveling at an average speed of 350km/h (220 mph).
The plans leave ample room for skepticism. 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, itself a gargantuan feat of engineering.
According to the state-run newspaper “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 finalized.”
China Russia Canada America railway Project

China Russia Canada America railway Project

China-Russia-Canada-America Railway route

China-Russia-Canada-America Railway route

Considering that such a project is theoretically possible and it is said that it would take approximately 15 to 20 years to achieve, why should a 320 km (198 miles) railroad connecting Merida and Cancun be such a problem to build?
As for now, the project known as “Tren Transpeninsular” has been put on hold, and if it is ever built, it would not be finished until the year 2018.
The proposed train is wrapped in controversy, due to the fact that many of the technical issues are still unclear. For example, the speed of the train would be only 120km/h (75 mph), not fast enough to transport people rapidly from one place to another like the ones in Europe and Japan.
With a total investment of 22.18 billion pesos, according to Directorate General of Railways of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT ), construction could begin during this administration, but would be concluded after 2018.
There is little doubt that Mexico has the necessary funds to support such a project, but as usual, all the bureaucratic mayhem that permeates our government does not allow things to happen in the short term.

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