The Trans-Siberian railway is considered 'a trip of a lifetime' being the longest railway in the world with a 6,152 mile trip from Moscow to Vladivostok - and rumour has it that the Russian government is proposing to make this railway even longer! From London to Tokyo to be exact.
According to The Independent, Russia has recently announced it's plan to extend the Trans-Siberian railway so that travelers can commute from London to Tokyo going through Germany, Poland and the Russian mainlands and then finishing in Hokkaido in North Japan, to then connect to the Japanese rail network. The whole journey would be a whopping 8,400 miles.
Construction for this unbelievable route would require the construction of a 28-mile brigade to get the trains from the Russian island Sakhalin to the East Sea in Japan.
According to Siberian Times Russia's vice-premier Igor Shuvalov explained: "We are seriously offering Japanese partners to consider the construction of a mixed road and railway passage from Hokkaido to the southern part of Sakhalin."
"The Far East offers a unique combination of opportunities and competitive advantages for the implementation of ambitious projects, including preferential tax treatment and streamlined administrative procedures, which are comparable to or even more comfortable than in the best development areas in Asia Pacific and the world," Putin said in a speech at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum.
"Taken together with the development of the Northern Sea Route, modernisation of BAM and Trans-Siberian Railway and implementation of other projects, this will help us make the Russian Far East a major global logistics hub."
This incredible plan has been nicknamed "bridge across history" due to a conflict between Tokyo and Moscow in World War II. Russia's president is rumoured to be in serious talks with Japan to get the railway extension underway and reunite the two countries.
We are hoping and praying that this is true, and this would definitely be a trip we were willing to take! Perhaps their next connecting railway could be from New Zealand...