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Trains are the future (and ironically the past) of American freight transportation. It is the only feasibly sustainable method to keep America supplied. The cost difference between trucks and trains is HUGE! Major trucking companies are starting to look towards the rails. This makes sense when that shift finally happens.

Still who wants to be in the 65 mile long tunnel on the bottom of the ocean when a tectonic plate decides to shift?
 
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post #32 of 102
you'll have to minecraft through canada first.
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post #33 of 102
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Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post
They have also talked about building a bridge... nothing new here.
I wouldn't want to be on the crew that has to work up there. lol.
I thought I had heard about them building a bridge at some point. To me, a tunnel seems easier/more viable.

Also, I wonder if it will have to be an all electric system? I think all trains running through the Chunnel are electric. It would be insane to have to clear that much of a tunnel of diesel exhaust.
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This would be a nightmare to travel on. Why? Because for anyone living in the US outside of Alaska, you would need to cross 3 boarders just to get from Russia to the US (and vice versa). Ya, now-a-days that's a breeze! Not.
I go to the states at least twice a month. On average it takes me 10-20 minutes to get across the border, so I don't see what the big problem would be.
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No, actually if you live on the West Coast it will be very accessible. High speed maglev trains will most likely be used. By that time we'll have maglev trains that run at a sustained 500mph.
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At 70 MPH non-stop it should take around 55 minutes. Most trains that do this sort of journey does 200MPH would take around 20 minutes. That is just across the tunnel though but non-stop 200MPH from LA to Moscow should take around 18 hours but like kikkO said we should have 500MPH trains by then and it should take 7 hours.
Guys... seriously ? Maglev... No. Do you have any idea how expensive a maglev rail system is... excluding the tunnel and 6000km of track... just no. I say, no way, anyone will pay for that.
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Old news. Several months late.
 
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Guys... seriously ? Maglev... No. Do you have any idea how expensive a maglev rail system is... excluding the tunnel and 6000km of track... just no. I say, no way, anyone will pay for that.
Yes but it's getting cheaper all the time just like all sorts of technology, and in the long run maglev would be cheaper than normal trains on normal train tracks.

EDIT: Richard Branson (owner of Virgin) is planning on making space travel normal for everyone to do. I'm sure he would probably want something like this.
   
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I go to the states at least twice a month. On average it takes me 10-20 minutes to get across the border, so I don't see what the big problem would be.
it just means that homeland security if going to up the ante and your 10-20 mins as a canadian crossing the border is going to be an hour.
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I thought I had heard about them building a bridge at some point. To me, a tunnel seems easier/more viable.

Also, I wonder if it will have to be an all electric system? I think all trains running through the Chunnel are electric. It would be insane to have to clear that much of a tunnel of diesel exhaust.
History Channel, iirc, had something on it.
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time for vacuum quantum levitation tunnels! anywhere to anywhere in the world in 11 minutes! (alltho going from US to asia would kill every passenger on board due to the heat from planets core n stuff)
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