New Silk Road could surge to million TEU in 2025, but with subsidies

 

News article: New Silk Road could surge to million TEU in 2025, but with subsidies

Ideally, the Eurasian rail cargo volume could increase to a million TEU in 2025.

  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
One million TEU on trains which rarely exceed 40 wagons on the various routes into Europe is a lot of trains.

Only last year reading the press was not unusual for over 100 trains to be queued up for transfer of goods between Russian and SG at poland alone.

Big changes will be need to make this work and a path into China on SG form the west needs exploring.

Middle east?



New Silk Road could surge to million TEU in 2025, but with subsidies

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Customs is the big holdup, not the container transfers.
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
Customs is the big holdup, not the container transfers.
justapassenger

Would the customs guys be charging per container and would ever container be opened?  is this necessary as the container could be consigned to a yard in France for example.

if train lengths remain the same this would be the equivalent of 25,000 trains over a 52 week period 480 trains per day west/east seems like a lot of traffic?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Yes, customs takes longer to process than container transfers. Remote locations and poorly organised bureaucracies combine to make customs processing slow, lax Work Health and Safety policies act to make container transfers efficient.

I think you've done something odd with your maths there.
  • A million TEU total is 500k TEU per year in each direction.
  • 500k per year is about 1370 TEU per day in each direction.
  • 1370 TEU is 457 60ft wagons, so 11-12 trains per day in each direction.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
One million TEU on trains which rarely exceed 40 wagons on the various routes into Europe is a lot of trains.

Only last year reading the press was not unusual for over 100 trains to be queued up for transfer of goods between Russian and SG at poland alone.

Big changes will be need to make this work and a path into China on SG form the west needs exploring.

Middle east?



New Silk Road could surge to million TEU in 2025, but with subsidies
8077
its possible if ya wanna go through Afghanistan you can link the Chinese and Iranian networks. (Iran has links to turkey and thus to Europe).
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Hello Dangersdan707 and others,

the suggestion of rail routes via Afghanistan , Iran and Turkey has long term merit in that it will allow trade through an area whose poor infrastructure pretty much ensures continuing instability, due to a lack of a stable economic future.

The same argument also applies to a China to Pakistan Railway to the western Pakistan ports of Pasni, Gwadar,  or Jiwani; all on the Arabian Sea. This would open up south west China, south east Iran and western Pakistan to trade, and allow Pakistan to benefit from China to Arabian Gulf traffic

These are the development infrastructure that the Chinese Belt & Road Initiatives are aimed at; very long term Projects that only Governments are able to deliver, due to the size and long term nature of both the actual project and the eventual economic development and return.

In a sense, it is what the British did in India that, over time, transformed a series of disparate States into today's India. While it may be fashionable to criticise Imperialism, and for all of its faults and injustice, in India's case it did make a nation and transformed an old economy into a new one.

Regards, Radioman.
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
In a sense, it is what the British did in India that, over time, transformed a series of disparate States into today's India. While it may be fashionable to criticise Imperialism, and for all of its faults and injustice, in India's case it did make a nation and transformed an old economy into a new one.

Regards, Radioman.
Radioman
Yes, and if they had not inflicted 5'6" and metre gauges on the Indians then we would now be able run SG trains from Wick or Thurso to Mandalay.

Seriously, remember that the world is nearly spherical, not flat as in the usual Mercator projection maps we use every day. The closer a route is to the equator the longer it is.The Russians therefore control the shortest route from the far east to western Europe.

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