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Old November 25th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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MISC | Most Expensive Railways

I was just looking at the forum and a question came into my mind that Which Is the Most expensive railway of the world which is also being used for travel by public? may be someone here can answer that...
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Old November 25th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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Probably the Channel Tunnel, it cost 5,8 billion pounds. The Seikan Tunnel which was constructed a decade earlier cost 4 billion dollars.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #3
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Well, the pricetag of the new Beijing-Shanghai HSR (not yet finished, but under construction) is estimated to be over 30 billion dollars. I don't think that many railways can top that for price.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #4
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Probably the Channel Tunnel, it cost 5,8 billion pounds.

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I think the same.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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Well, the pricetag of the new Beijing-Shanghai HSR (not yet finished, but under construction) is estimated to be over 30 billion dollars. I don't think that many railways can top that for price.
Ok, if we don't watch the distance but only the price, then the Transsib should be one of the most expensive ones.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:35 AM   #6
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Ok, if we don't watch the distance but only the price, then the Transsib should be one of the most expensive ones.
Especially if human lives are added to the pricetag.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 02:43 AM   #7
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Well, the pricetag of the new Beijing-Shanghai HSR (not yet finished, but under construction) is estimated to be over 30 billion dollars. I don't think that many railways can top that for price.
For those 30 billion you get 1,300km of HSR, less than 23 million per km. The Seikan tunnel cost 3,6 billion for less than 54km, some 67 million per km and that without adjusting for 20 years of inflation.

Although a rather short construction, the 8,5km tunnel they are constructing right now in the south of Sweden will probably end up among the most expensive railway constructions ever. Due to extreme cost overruns the final price tag is expected to exceed 1 billion euros, ten times the original budget.

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Old November 26th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #8
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according to a gov't critic in RP, the northrail project costs about $800million; with a distance of only 32 km, that means approx. $25million is spent per kilometer...

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Old November 26th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #9
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Some Japanese lines that were costly to built:
(¥ = Japanese yen, $ = US dollars. No inflation considered, the currency rate is as of today)

Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Minatomirai Line: 4.1 km, ¥ 260 billion ($ 2.99 billion), $ 729 million per km
Nakayama Tunnel of Joetsu Shinkansen: 14.8 km, ¥ 842 billion ($ 9.69 billion), $ 654 million per km
TWR Rinkai Line: 12.2 km, ¥ 440 billion ($ 5.06 billion), $ 414 million per km
Toei Oedo Line: 40.7 km, ¥ 1,392 billion ($ 15.9 billion), $ 391 million per km
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: 21.3 km, ¥ 560 billion ($ 6.44 billion), $ 302 million per km

Except of Nakayama Tunnel, all of them are recently built subway lines.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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The Gotthard base tunnel will cost about CHF160millions=$160millions per km.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:17 PM   #11
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Some Japanese lines that were costly to built:
(¥ = Japanese yen, $ = US dollars. No inflation considered, the currency rate is as of today)

Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Minatomirai Line: 4.1 km, ¥ 260 billion ($ 2.99 billion), $ 729 million per km
Nakayama Tunnel of Joetsu Shinkansen: 14.8 km, ¥ 842 billion ($ 9.69 billion), $ 654 million per km
TWR Rinkai Line: 12.2 km, ¥ 440 billion ($ 5.06 billion), $ 414 million per km
Toei Oedo Line: 40.7 km, ¥ 1,392 billion ($ 15.9 billion), $ 391 million per km
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: 21.3 km, ¥ 560 billion ($ 6.44 billion), $ 302 million per km

Except of Nakayama Tunnel, all of them are recently built subway lines.
I think Japan too.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 06:22 PM   #13
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The Gotthard base tunnel will cost about CHF160=$160 per km.
160 millions, I guess
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Old November 29th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #15
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the Glasgow to London upgrading to HSL, at only 522 miles takes the biscuit. It comes in at $56 - $82 billion:




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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #16
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Google the Transiberian Railroad.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #17
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For those 30 billion you get 1,300km of HSR, less than 23 million per km. The Seikan tunnel cost 3,6 billion for less than 54km, some 67 million per km and that without adjusting for 20 years of inflation.

Although a rather short construction, the 8,5km tunnel they are constructing right now in the south of Sweden will probably end up among the most expensive railway constructions ever. Due to extreme cost overruns the final price tag is expected to exceed 1 billion euros, ten times the original budget.
What tunnel is being built in Southern Sweden - the one that goes through central Malmo?
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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #18
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Nope not the one in Malmö, but through the Hallandsås Ridge, a bit north of Malmö. And by the looks of it at the moment, then it will end up at around $170 million/km...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallands%C3%A5s_Tunnel

But you never know, the cost may go up even more, since they only done 63% at the moment...
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Old November 30th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #19
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HS1 section 2, from Ebbslfleet to London, cost £85m ($140m)/km
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Old November 30th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #20
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Maglev Chuo Shinkansen for Tokyo-Osaka, 9trillion yen ($100B...?)
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