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Train from China to the UK

Postby Arseny » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:29 pm

First direct train from China to the UK arrived in London

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 33726.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38654176

Direct freight train from China to the UK has arrived in London after the 17-day journey
It crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France on its 7400-mile trip.

I beleive it's an important event in the railroad industry.

What about the Saint-Petersburg - New York train? :wink:
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:39 pm

That is pretty freakin' neat.

Pretty long haul, eh?
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby Bernd » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:01 am

Arseny wrote:What about the Saint-Petersburg - New York train? :wink:


I think they're still digging the tunnel under the ocean. :wtf: :lol:

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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby Arseny » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:12 pm

Bernd wrote:
Arseny wrote:What about the Saint-Petersburg - New York train? :wink:


I think they're still digging the tunnel under the ocean. :wtf: :lol:

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Why so complicated?
I beleive we simply need the Bering Strait crossing, bridge or tunnel. It is quite realistic - 86 km only!
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby j p » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:11 pm

Arseny, I think that something more is missing, not only the bridge. The bridge would bring your train only to Alaska.
Many more miles need to be build if you want to continue to New York. Alaska Railroad would not help you much.
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby Bernd » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:20 pm

j p wrote:Arseny, I think that something more is missing, not only the bridge. The bridge would bring your train only to Alaska.
Many more miles need to be build if you want to continue to New York. Alaska Railroad would not help you much.


The tracks already there. The one that would be a little more difficult would be the one crossing the Atlantic ocean. Still quite a distance from Greenland to Iceland, if you want to go that route.

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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby Arseny » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:00 am

j p wrote:The bridge would bring your train only to Alaska.
Many more miles need to be build if you want to continue to New York. Alaska Railroad would not help you much.

As I know, there are some projects of link between Alaska Railroad, Canadian railroads and other 48 states. In any case, I am sure, it would be much more easier than the bridge or tunnel between Alaska and Chukotka.

We need much more rails from the Russian side. There are no rails in Chukotka.
The closest railroad is in Yakutsk - far away from the Bering Strait. And there is no bridge across the Lena river. It is one of the biggest rivers in Siberia.
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby krokodil » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:29 am

There is also an alternative project - the southern route over the Caucase countries, Georgia and Turkey. Maybe once it will come out without a gauge change. The tunnel in Istanbul is done.
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby Arseny » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:03 am

If you go through Caucasian countries, Georgia and Turkey, you still are to change gauge. Georgia and Kazakhstan use 1520-mm gauge, as former Soviet republics/parts of Russian Empire.
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Re: Train from China to the UK

Postby krokodil » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:12 am

I know, but some new tracks are already standard gauge. I do not know what are the recent plans, the region is quite instable, I heard that there are plans to built a standard gauge connection to West China. There is also a system problem, the Aserbaidjan railways do not want to change from DC to AC....
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