TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL TO BE BUILT WITHIN 50 YEARS?!
Yes, this is certainly a headline you will not see quite often but I happen to think it might just be a reality that one day within 50 years… high speed trains will replace planes as methods of mass transportation over long distances! How would that change the lives of human beings on the planet? Glocally- it definitely would mean no more Easy Jet…no more Ryan Air. And no more “chem”(chemical) trails…! Currently the fastest train can reach half of what is needed…we need to go FASTER!!!
What already exists?
Train manufacturer CSR Corp successfully completed a trial run of their fastest train yet. China Daily reported that the test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph.
Previously, the title of fastest passenger train was held by the Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway, which operated at a top speed of 300 kilometres per hour.” But to make it possible to compete with planes we will need to get to 600 kmh.at least.Remember this, 100 years ago trains could not reach more than around 60 kmh… even 50 years ago trains could get to a maximum of around 100 kmh… 30 years ago the Shinkasen-bullet train in japan could get to 225 kmh that hasn’t changed much since)… so we are incrementally accelerating faster and faster… but the main obstacle is the technology and the COST!
The highest recorded speed of a Maglev train is 581 km/h (361 mph), achieved in Japan by Central Japan Railway Company’s (JR Central) MLX01 superconducting maglev in 2003 However, in tests we have already reached that goal…So what about if trains could go even faster – say at 900 kmh… how is that achievable? I believe only in a vacuum and with maglev techniques.
Elon Musk, who founded payments giant PayPal, the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, and SpaceX, came up with the idea for Hyperloop in August 2013.
It essentially involves a pod that could travel through tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 750 miles per hour. The Hyperloop theoretically uses air pressure to “hover” above a track to move at extremely fast speeds (similar to how an air hockey puck floats.). His company recently had a competition to design a futuristic train with the promise to build a one mile track to test it out. What else ?…
Now, the latest concept in “vactrains”(A vactrain (or vacuum tube train) is a proposed design for very-high-speed rail transportation. It is a maglev (magnetic levitation) line using evacuated (air-less) or partly evacuated tubes or tunnels.) could make the difference. It combines the technology with magnetic levitation, in theory supporting speeds of up to 2500 mph according to the BBC. That’s an order of magnitude faster than today’s high speed rail, which tends to travel at just under 200 mph. American engineer Daryl Oster has designed a 6-person capsule traveling through a 1.5 meter (5 feet) diameter vacuum tube. He has sold 60 licenses for his patented evacuated tube transport (ETT) technology, including 12 to China. Oster likes to refer to it as “space travel on Earth.” The website for his Crystal River, Fl. company ET3 (it describes itself as an “open consortium’), boasts possible speeds of up to 4,000 mph, faster even than the 2,500 mph reported by the BBC.It claims that it could “provide 50 times more transportation per kWh (kilowatt hour) than electric cars or trains,” that construction would cost a tenth of high-speed rail and a quarter of freeways, and that a New York-to-Beijing trip would take 2 hours!…
But thats not all.. imagination and envisioning is inspiring normal every day people to come up with designs and the motivation to provide alternative transportation methods that do not rely on fossil fuels. This means normal people are becoming more sovereign…independent and free of monopolisation. The ultimate goal would be if we all had shares in the future rather than just a few.
Imagine constructing a vacuum tunnel from Europe to America. The most direct route would be under the ocean from England to New York… but I also feel that there is a possibility to construct the tunnel under the polar ice cap in the Arctic from Norway to Canada then have a separate train that travels from the north of Canada to Washington.
What cities would be on the World Wide Transnet? (WWT)
Theoretically at speeds of 900 kmh the train could have one stop in Canada and one in Washington, then another to Los Angeles… and then a direct floating tunnel to Tokyo -Seoul-Bejing- Shanghai…and then… Shanghai -Hong Kong-Bangkok-New Delhi-Islamabad-Tehran- Moscow-Berlin-Frankfurt-Rome-Tel Aviv-Cairo-Nairobi-Johannesburg-Kinshassa-Lagos-Tangiers-Madrid-Paris-London-Toronto-NewYork-Washington-Miami and back to LA- With another line going down to Mexico City-Bogota-Caracas- Rio De Janeiro- Sao Paolo -Buenos Aires-Santiago-Lima- and UP AGAIN !-to LA.(Los Angeles) … A WORLDWIDE NETWORK!
“If it can be imagined; it can be created!” Walt Disney
Imagine the impact!- Imagine the cost!…Imagine the engineering!!…but IMAGINE- if you will- the benefit to the global economy?The glocal economy!
The world would indeed become a global village. Isambard Brunel was probably the most pioneering of rail and shipping engineers and probably one of the most brilliant… but there are others waiting to pick up the mantle!
I met a girl called Ursula-an engineering student from Dusseldorf who has the dream of being involved in the design and construction of this first transatlantic tunnel. Maybe she will become the new Brunel of the future with glocal “permatech” that will and is within our reach… We may not be looking at not 2062 when we have our first transatlantic tunnel- but even sooner! Some are talking about 2030! But realistically it will probably happen by 2055.
With the destruction of the Earth’s fragile atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels and the release of poisonous methane gas from mass corporate agri- business…we need to look at alternative new transportation systems and methods..whether this is by air- or sea or land… Its urgent… far urgent than we realised before!
And ..its a glocal issue!
We can and we do have the technology now to construct these super tunnels and high speed trains. We can start right now… we could travel faster in super tunnels we wont need planes anymore!.. goods and people will be moved much much faster and do a lot less damage to the environment.
This is not only environomical… it is totally logical.
And it is a glocal solution for glocal transport…NEW TECHNOLOGIES must be found NOW to stop the use of airplanes and the pollution they cause the planets atmosphere …. This global network could eventually cover most major cities with over 10 million inhabitants in them. It would contribute to bringing people ever closer and stopping our dependency on fossil fuels… and it would make us all more conscious of the other… more so than ever before!
At speeds of 6-900 kph people could be transported across the atlantic in 5-6 hours… Perhaps we should start thinking about this now and planning for the future how we can transport people at a cheap price in an effective way.
A transatlantic tunnel is a theoretical tunnel that would span the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe, and would carry mass transit of some type—trains are envisioned in most proposals.
Using advanced technologies, speeds of 500 to 8,000 kilometres per hour (310 to 5,000 mph) are envisaged. The problem is mostly cost-not engineering. The cost of the first tunnel would cost not just a few billion but a few trillion dollars according to some naysayers. But cost is not the only problem… it is whether the thing would actually work!
Tests so far done in Japan and China – Germany and elsewhere say it will.
A floating tunnel on fixed on the seafloor may be the answer. This could be done for around 200 billion dollars. Most estimate it at 12 trillion dollars. Some think it wont happen before 2099… The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. As of 2015, designs for test tracks and capsules are being developed, with construction of a full-scale prototype scheduled for 2016.
They think that floating tunnels on the seafloor would work. Held by cables. It is the cheapest solution but the problem is that the tunnels themselves would not be fixed…they would move – its probably easier to be fixed to the ocean floor instead- but the cost would be far higher. The tunnel should to be fixed to the seafloor like a very large cable does. Pessimists say the pressure is too great. That is will be crushed by the pressure alone. This is not true. What is probably true is that maglev trains would work if the tunnels were fixed to the floor. Floating tunnels would not be stable.
With specially designed plastics the pressure problem could be overcome. It would also cost less. Fixing each section would be an engineering feat but it could be done. The other option is on the oceans surface – a floating bridge fixed with cables fixed onto the seafloor…Again another job for the engineers. The biggest problem solving our transport issues is the cost of the infrastructure. It may remain science fiction for now… but perhaps with the development of new technologies and the will of the world to stop climate change … we could just do it in the very near future!
“It can be done. It needs to be done… and if we are to bring the world closer together it SHOULD be done! “The Editor.
Victory for the Little man!
Just recently a Chinese man but his own airship in his own backyard at a cost of $50 000! Shi Songbo, a 29-year-old man drives his self-made airship for a test in the sky in Shangqiu, Henan Province of China on October 25, 2015. Shi, a man worked for design in a aircraft model enterprise made out an airship by himself in four months with own savings of more than 300,000 RMB ($47,176). The airship is in 23 meters long and 10 meters high and consist of two parts: a 10-meter-long airbag for hydrogen upside, and a cockpit that could accommodate two seaters downside. According to Shi Songbo, his idea of making airship was from those books about aerospace knowledge brought home by elder brother when he was in primary school.
Heres some interesting references from fact to theory science fiction to science fact.
1 ^ a b c d Joseph Giotta (Narrator), Powderhouse Productions (2003-04-16). “Transatlantic Tunnel”. Extreme Engineering. Discovery Channel. http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/ engineering/transatlantictunnel/interactive/interactive.html.
2 ^ a b Carl Hoffman (2004-04-12). “Trans-Atlantic MagLev: Vacuum Tube Train”. Popular Science. http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2004-04/trans-atlantic-maglev. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
3 ^ Michel Verne (November 1895). “An Express of the Future”. The Strand Magazine. http:// homepage.ntlworld.com/forgottenfutures/express/express.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
Heres a film on it-