The InterContinental Railway team arrived in Moscow on September 27th to attend a round table discussion about the ICR at the Russian State Duma. It was a great honour for the team to present this ambitious international project at the parliamentary level in the Russian Federation. This was the first of many meetings with high-ranking members of the Russian government and railway industry.
On September 23rd, the InterContinental Railway team embarked on a ten-day trip to the Russian Federation to meet with politicians, railway experts, and various influencers, and to visit the location near Yakutsk, Russia in Eastern Siberia where the InterContinental Railway is being built towards the Bering Strait.
KCRW Berlin’s Monica Müller-Kroll interviewed InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin and chief project advisor Scott Spencer during InnoTrans. Listen to them speak about the InterContinental Railway and hear filmmaker Rick Minnich discuss how he came to make the documentary film The Strait Guys about the ICR team and their efforts to connect the world. Plus enjoy a selection of photographs from the ICR team’s travels to Alaska last month.
2 September 2018: InterContinental Railway chief project advisor Scott Spencer attended the Alaska State Fair in Palmer today to discuss the project with Alaskans from all walks of life. The vast majority were enthusiastic about the idea of a rail connection to the Lower 48 and across the Bering Strait to Asia and all the economic benefits it would offer to Alaska. This group of high school students are involved in student government and are planning to discuss the ICR at one of their upcoming meetings.
Besides being a passionate railroad advocate, Mr. Spencer also loves to ride the rails. He seized the opportunity to ride the special Alaska Railroad train to Palmer, which travels only one week per year during the Alaska State Fair, and spoke to passengers along the way about the ICR. Here he is discussing the ICR and rail mileage enthusiasts with the conductor A.J.
31 August 2018: InterContinental Railway founders George Koumal and chief project advisor Scott Spencer met with Vice-President of Corporate Development Z. Daniel Graham and Vice-President Media and External Affairs Matt Ganley of the Bering Straits Native Corporation today. Mr. Graham and Mr. Ganley were interested to hear about Mr. Koumal and Mr. Spencer's recent trip to Nome, Wales, and Diomede, all of which lie within the jurisdiction of the Bering Straits Native Corporation. The four discussed at length the developmental challenges of the Bering Strait region and how the InterContinental Railway could play a key role in providing much-needed transportation and infrastructure to the area. Mr. Graham and Mr. Ganley were very supportive of the ICR, and discussed introducing the project to their board in the near future.
30 August 2018: InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal and Joseph Henri and chief project advisor Scott Spencer met with the President and CEO of Doyon Limited Aaron Schutt today. Doyon Limited is the largest native corporation in Alaska and controls an area the size of France. The largest stretch of the InterContinental Railway in Alaska will pass through Doyon property so today's courtesy call to Mr. Schutt was particularly important. For over an hour, the ICR team gave Mr. Schutt an overview of the project and discussed means of collaboration. Mr. Schutt was quick to realise the potentially massive benefits the ICR offers to Doyon shareholders, and had concrete suggestions for potential investment opportunities in the future.
29 August 2018: InterContinental Railway founders George Koumal and Joseph Henri and chief project advisor Scott Spencer were the guest speakers at today's World Trade Center luncheon in Anchorage, Alaska. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss the project with key members of the Anchorage business community, who were quick to realise the many economic benefits the ICR would bring to Anchorage and the state of Alaska.
27 August 2018: The InterContinental Railway team were invited to speak before the Nome City Council this evening. Council members and residents in attendance welcomed the project, and were eager to learn more about how the ICR could solve the town's transportation problems and lower the cost of living.
August 27, 2018: InterContinental Railway founder George Koumal and Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer will be interviewed live on KNOM radio (780 AM / 96.1 FM) at 9:30 a.m. today. Mr. Koumal and Mr. Spencer will also present the InterContinental Railway and report on their current travels along the Bering Strait at 1 p.m. today at the Northwest Campus of the University of Fairbanks in Nome.