I like this Putin guy. There is the difference between Russia and Australia.
The head of railways goes to the engineering division and says design and build me this. Australia has lost that ability.
if this project were to be built jobs would be created across the network. What gauge would be selected for the tunnel?
Interchange yard in Nome would create a lot of much needed jobs in the area.
How the line would go from Nome to the Alaskan Railroad is also a big job.
Does anyone ever see Australia being connected to PNG and then Indonesia by rail tunnel?
So you want to spend billions of dollars to build a railway to create jobs in a town of 3000 that is known to be extremely isolated? How about pay each resident $1m to leave, it will be cheaper?
Its not Putin, even he isn't this dumb.
Australia hasn't lost this ability, because Australia hasn't lost its common sense.
Yes, lets connect PNG to Australia via Wepia. SG to Weipa and NG to Qld, this will create lots of jobs in Wepia.
You are simply ignoring basics as is the proponent for this project that will not see the light of day.
The contestable traffic (what ever this is) is that which runs from Alaska to/from east of Moscow, anything else via ship is probably alot cheaper. ie rail to LA/Vancouver, ship to Vladivostok and then go via rail from there. How much traffic runs this way now via ship? The USA and Russia are still at arms length over politics and the line may see frequent restrictions and closures.
Yes one day it may happen as will one day a line from Europe connect the GCC and probably India/Pakistan/SE Asia, but lines like this cost billions and run through volatile countries.
From WikiTechnical challenges[[color=#0b0080]edit]
The depth of the water offers little challenge, because the strait is no deeper than 55 metres (180 ft).[color=#0b0080] The tides and currents in the area are not severe.[color=#0b0080][/color] Nevertheless, the route would be located just south of the [color=#0b0080]Arctic Circle[/color]. Because the location experiences long, dark winters and extreme weather, including average winter lows of −20 °C (−4 °F) and possible lows approaching −50 °C (−58 °F), construction activity would likely be restricted to five months of the year.
[/color]The weather also poses challenges to exposed steel.[color=#0b0080] In Lin's design, concrete covers all structures, to simplify maintenance and to offer additional stiffening.
[/color]Although there are no [color=#0b0080]icebergs in the Bering Strait, [color=#0b0080]ice floes[/color] up to 1.8 metres (6 ft) thick are in constant motion during certain seasons, which could produce [color=#0b0080]forces[/color] on the order of 44,000 [color=#0b0080]kilonewtons[/color] (9,900,000 [color=#0b0080]pounds-force[/color]) on a pier.
[/color]In 1994, Lin estimated the cost of a bridge to be "a few billion" dollars.[color=#0b0080] The roads and railways on each side were estimated to cost $50 billion.[color=#0b0080][/color] Lin contrasted this cost to petroleum resources "worth trillions".[color=#0b0080][/color][color=#0b0080]Discovery Channel[/color]'s [color=#0b0080]Extreme Engineering[/color] estimates the cost of a highway, electrified double track high-speed rail and pipelines, at $105 billion, five times the cost of the 50-kilometre (31 mi) [color=#0b0080]Channel Tunnel[/color].[color=#0b0080][/color]
[/color]This excludes the cost of new roads and railways to reach the bridge. Aside from the obvious technical challenges of building two 40-kilometre (25 mi) bridges or a more than 80-kilometre (50 mi) tunnel across the strait, another major challenge is that, as of 2011, there is nothing on either side of the Bering Strait to connect the bridge to.The Russian side, in particular, is severely lacking in infrastructure, without highways for almost 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) (the nearest is the [color=#0b0080]M56 Kolyma Highway) and no railroads or paved highways for over 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi) in any direction from the strait.[b][[/b]20]
[/color]On the American side, at least 800 kilometres (500 mi) of highways or railways would have to be built to connect to the American transport network. A project to connect [color=#0b0080]Nome (100 miles (160 km) from the strait) to the rest of the continent by a paved highway (part of [color=#0b0080]Alaska Route 2[/color]) has been proposed by the Alaskan state government, although the very high cost ($2.3 to $2.7 billion, or approximately $5 million per mile) has so far prevented construction