A great fan of railroads, Governor Hickel dreamed of one day boarding a train in Tierra del Fuego, Southern Chile and disembarking In London, England.

Its not that far-fetched.  From a global perpective, he agreed with Academician Alexander Granberg and other Russian visionaries that there is only one missing link to create a "railroad around the world."  From a North American Perspective, that link would start in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (see red line above), head west across Alaska, cross the Bering Strait via tunnel and connect with the Russian rail system.

Granberg's vision of a Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railroad extension east from the trans-Siberian Railway was recently completed to the Lena River at Yakutsk, the capital city of the Sakha Republic in Eastern Siberia.  It has been designed to continue on through Chukotka to within sight of the Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait.