Quite a few misleading and inaccurate statements here. There seems to be no plan to actually run the train underwater, probably wise as Networker Turbos aren't known for watertightness. I think it would be in an underwater floating tunnel for the Russia-Alaska crossing only, otherwise overland.
I'd like people's thoughts on this, as I have no idea what to think of this.
According to the video, China and Russia are on good terms though, and since the line will be Chinese built, it would probably be green lit as just one gauge. That doesn't account for the other side, of course.I haven't watched the video, but a rail link between Russia and Alaska would be pointless because of the break of gauge, and because a rail connection between Alaska and Canada would also have to be built.
Freight would be the most logical, especially high speed freight as it would be faster than a ship, and not hold passenger trains.The constuctors would also have to decide whether they intend it to be a high speed passenger line or whether it would need heavy freight capability too. If the latter - which I suspect would be necessary for financial viability - there might be additional construction costs or compromises in terms of passenger speeds. Not sure what a rail line could bring to the party that airlines or shipping lines could not; the former would still be much faster, while the latter would win on cost for freight.
I had similar thoughts. I was like 'Wow. Cool', and then I thought 'I need to apply logic', so I came here.My inner train-spotter wants this so much. My brain on the other hand can see all the down sides.
Hyperloop is the definition of a pipe dream, but that's another topic entirely. Maglev would fit into the scope of this project, and China is developing their own Maglev (not just a Transrapid copy paste), however, then freight isn't an option, which not only cuts revenue, but also makes it harder to get into the USA. If there is one power than can push the US government around to back the project, it would be their rail freight companies, who would make a killing on China USA freight trains.Based on some quick calculation the 14hr journey time needs an average speed in the region of 500km/h between NE China and Calfornia, which is more than any commercial steel-wheel technology. It might be possible for maglev or hyperloop, which would require new infrastructure over the entire length but that in itself isn't a huge downside, since there's very little rail infrastructure along the route that might be suitable anyway.
I think we discussed a rail link between Canada and Alaska on here a few months back, but this would have been conventional and driven by freight (probably mostly oil, which makes it unlikely to happen). Bits of this may actually make sense, but driven more by freight at more conventional speeds and using existing routes where there are any, rather than by something that might be competitive with airlines.