Chinese Railways, Why? Part 2 of 9

Chinese Railways, Why? Part 2 of 9

9/13/2014 Umut Türker 2123 Times Read

If they are paid an enormous amount for the land and/or the project lasts many years and that many Canadians will be employed then these are incentives. Moreover, the map makes it appear that the route will go close to Toronto.


If this is indeed true and if there is a railway stop there for loading and unloading cargo then this could be a great benefit for the Canadians. The biggest mysteries and the biggest questions are: Can the Chinese do this? Will they do this? And, most importantly, why will they do this?


Can they do this?


I should mention at this point that I am not an expert or specialist in many fields. I am not an architect; I am not a metallurgist; I am not involved in construction; and I am not privy to special and undisclosed information. However, I do know about history, and rational thought and conclusions, so I think that my points and beliefs are valid.


Can the Chinese build this railway? The concept of railways was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the modern technology has been around for 200 years, when the Middleton Railway began in 1812 and the basic technology has changed little. From this perspective, it should be fairly simple. However, there are three significant challenges, all rooted in the enormity of the project.


The Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world, used enough steel rebar to extend a quarter of the circumference of the globe, if laid end-to-end. The length of the railway project is 33% longer than that. Moreover, the thickness of steel rebar is very narrow whereas the steel tracks are far thicker. In addition to the above-named professions, I am not a mathematician but I do not think that I would be significantly far-off if I estimated that the steel involved in this railway project would be 200-250% more than that used in constructing the Burj Khalifa.