Move Over Planes, Trains Are Making A Comeback

    June 22, 2012
    Zach Walton
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I am absolutely terrified of planes. The idea of being hurtled through the air at hundreds of miles per hour in a giant steel coffin does not sit well with me. That’s why I’m all for trains making a comeback and it looks like they are.

The Web Urbanist reports that the U.S. and Russia just inked a deal that would build a tunnel under the ocean in the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia. It would connect with pre-existing railways and allow the countries to transport freight between the two without the use of planes or boats.

Bering Strait

Planes, Trains and Bering Strait

The project will reportedly cost about $100 billion. That’s a lot of money, money that a lot of countries can’t just go spending on awesome, but initially unnecessary, projects like this. The two countries were apparently able to justify the cost since projections put the tunnel at being able to transport 100 million tons of freight a year.

While the initial use will be used for industrial uses, it’s not too far fetched to imagine it also being used for passengers. While some people would obviously be more inclined to fly over the ocean, I’m sure the Pteromerhanophobics (including myself) would be more than happy to take a train ride under the ocean. Considering that bullet trains can now hit speeds of about 200 mph, it wouldn’t take that much longer to reach international destinations.

Besides, underwater tunnels are just the first step to installing evacuated tube transports for 4,000 mph speeds across the ocean floor. Technology is going back to trains so that we can all travel like the folks in Futurama.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/richard-stalker Richard Stalker

    It can also be used as a convenient access tunnel once the Chinese decide to invade North America….Great Idea!

  • vagueandy

    Does this mean you could catch a train from London to New York ?

  • http://therestlessmouse.com Old Fartsy

    As a international hobo, I wholeheartedly endorse this project.

  • http://www.rwrinnovations.com Ron Nixon

    Sounds like a great idea with proper safeguards.

    Passenger and freight rail systems have many advantages over flying, long haul trucking and driving.

    I love traveling by train. Just took a trip by rail from Nebraska to Pennsylvania via Chicago. It was a no-brainer since there is only one train a day going to and coming back from Chicago and it takes its time.

    Our trains take way too long and are too expensive compared to driving or flying.

    America needs reasonably priced high speed passenger service between major cities. Underground rail and tube systems would be more efficient, faster and probably safer, but would scare some people who would be afraid of being trapped underground.

    Why not build new malls and have train stations located within the mall complex? Add hotels, convention centers, nice restaurants activities for kids and train travel could be a lot of fun and an enjoyable adventure.

    Or just create small cities around rail stations with everything a traveler needs or desires. Trains would replace cars. Families could travel from place to place in comfort. (We stopped many times and there was nothing to do except have a cigarette or quickly stretch your legs. Wi-Fi was not on the trains so we were forced, gasp, to speak, face-to-face with other passengers. What a unique idea!

    Feeder trains would connect to the big stations. They could either be high speed commuter trains or recreations/original steam engines. Recreate the thrill of riding the rails that our ancestors experienced. Make the trip an adventure in itself.

    Give me a train I can board in Omaha that safely, affordably and quickly gets me to my hotel at Disneyworld in Orlando, and I will be out of here.

    I’m hoping someone will figure out how to make rail affordable and profitable and give us a high speed alternative to flying and driving.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I’m with you, Ron. I would personally love an alternative to flying or driving. Unfortunately, the U.S. has far too much love for the automobile for the freedom it gives. I personally don’t like cars that much and far more prefer the idea of public transportation. We’re long overdue for a decent railway infrastructure so here’s hoping this new idea kick starts a move towards more rail ways.

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  • http://www.circulosiete.com Gerry

    I’d rather go on the air than being underwater anytime