The ICR team travels to Moscow

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.

 ICR co-founder Victor Razbegin provides an overview of the InterContinental Railway project.

ICR co-founder Victor Razbegin provides an overview of the InterContinental Railway project.

 ICR co-founder George Koumal gives a valuable history lesson on US-Russian relations.

ICR co-founder George Koumal gives a valuable history lesson on US-Russian relations.

 ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer discusses US-Russian cooperation.

ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer discusses US-Russian cooperation.

 The round table participants vow solidarity on the InterContinental Railway during the Duma session.

The round table participants vow solidarity on the InterContinental Railway during the Duma session.

 The InterContinental Railway team unveil the Russian version of the ICR flag at the Russian State Duma.

The InterContinental Railway team unveil the Russian version of the ICR flag at the Russian State Duma.

 The InterContinental Railway team with their new friends in front of a giant map of Russia at the Russian State Duma.

The InterContinental Railway team with their new friends in front of a giant map of Russia at the Russian State Duma.

 The InterContinental Railway team meet with Dr. Fedor S. Pekhterev, General Director of the Joint Stock Company IEDT Institute of Economy and Development of Transport, to discuss ways of promoting the InterContinental Railway and bringing together US, Russian and Asian partners.

The InterContinental Railway team meet with Dr. Fedor S. Pekhterev, General Director of the Joint Stock Company IEDT Institute of Economy and Development of Transport, to discuss ways of promoting the InterContinental Railway and bringing together US, Russian and Asian partners.

 The Intercontinental Railway team listen to a presentation by the Russian Tunnelling Association about its analysis of and design ideas for the InterContinental Railway.

The Intercontinental Railway team listen to a presentation by the Russian Tunnelling Association about its analysis of and design ideas for the InterContinental Railway.

 The InterContinental Railway team meet with Father Pimen, a top bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Patriarch Court to discuss how to gain the church’s support for the ICR.

The InterContinental Railway team meet with Father Pimen, a top bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Patriarch Court to discuss how to gain the church’s support for the ICR.

 The InterContinental Railway team meet with Aslambek Aslakhanov, long-time advisor to President Vladimir Putin. During the early 2000s, Mr. Aslakhanov led a presidential team in charge of researching the feasibility of the InterContinental Railway. It has remained a passion project of his ever since. Mr. Aslakhanov emphasised the need to take the ICR directly to the cabinet level in both Russia and the US and to get it into the hands of President Putin and President Trump.

The InterContinental Railway team meet with Aslambek Aslakhanov, long-time advisor to President Vladimir Putin. During the early 2000s, Mr. Aslakhanov led a presidential team in charge of researching the feasibility of the InterContinental Railway. It has remained a passion project of his ever since. Mr. Aslakhanov emphasised the need to take the ICR directly to the cabinet level in both Russia and the US and to get it into the hands of President Putin and President Trump.

 The InterContinental Railway team Victor Razbegin, George Koumal and Scott Spencer examine the map on the wall of the Russian Academy of Sciences showing the current and planned transportation routes in the Russian Federation, Europe and Asia. At the top right is the planned rail connection for the InterContinental Railway across the Bering Strait to Alaska.

The InterContinental Railway team Victor Razbegin, George Koumal and Scott Spencer examine the map on the wall of the Russian Academy of Sciences showing the current and planned transportation routes in the Russian Federation, Europe and Asia. At the top right is the planned rail connection for the InterContinental Railway across the Bering Strait to Alaska.

The ICR team visits Yakutsk

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.

 The Intercontinental Railway team unveil the Russian version of the ICR flag at the railhead in Nizhny Bestyakh, Siberia. From here, Yakutia Railways is extending the line toward the Bering Strait. From left to right: Alexei Mestnikov (Yakutia Railway), Victor Razbegin (ICR), George Koumal (ICR), Vlad Ketkovich (film producer), Dmitriy Kondratov (Yakutia Railway), Scott Spencer (ICR). During the ceremony, Mr. Koumal and Mr. Spencer presented Mr. Razbegin with an honorary golden spike for his three decades of work researching and promoting the InterContinental Railway in Russia and abroad.

The Intercontinental Railway team unveil the Russian version of the ICR flag at the railhead in Nizhny Bestyakh, Siberia. From here, Yakutia Railways is extending the line toward the Bering Strait. From left to right: Alexei Mestnikov (Yakutia Railway), Victor Razbegin (ICR), George Koumal (ICR), Vlad Ketkovich (film producer), Dmitriy Kondratov (Yakutia Railway), Scott Spencer (ICR). During the ceremony, Mr. Koumal and Mr. Spencer presented Mr. Razbegin with an honorary golden spike for his three decades of work researching and promoting the InterContinental Railway in Russia and abroad.

 Yakutia Railway’s Alexei Mestnikov and Nizny Bestyakh stationmaster Dima Tromin brief the InterContinental Railway team on the particularities of building on permafrost.

Yakutia Railway’s Alexei Mestnikov and Nizny Bestyakh stationmaster Dima Tromin brief the InterContinental Railway team on the particularities of building on permafrost.

 InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer and ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin are treated to a ride on a Yakutia Railway locomotive in Nizny Bestyakh.

InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer and ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin are treated to a ride on a Yakutia Railway locomotive in Nizny Bestyakh.

 The not yet opened train station in Nizhny Bestyakh.

The not yet opened train station in Nizhny Bestyakh.

 InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer, ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin, and film producer Vlad Ketkovich (right) discuss the ICR with Vladimir Chlenov, President of the Sakha Republic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Yakutsk. Mr. Chlenov is a major advocate of the ICR, and is confident about its financial feasibility.

InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer, ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin, and film producer Vlad Ketkovich (right) discuss the ICR with Vladimir Chlenov, President of the Sakha Republic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Yakutsk. Mr. Chlenov is a major advocate of the ICR, and is confident about its financial feasibility.

 InterContinental Railway founder George Koumal, film producer Vlad Ketkovich and ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer visit the underground laboratory of the Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk under the guidance of long-time institute scientist Juri Murzin.

InterContinental Railway founder George Koumal, film producer Vlad Ketkovich and ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer visit the underground laboratory of the Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk under the guidance of long-time institute scientist Juri Murzin.

 InterContinental Railway co-founders Victor Razbegin and George Koumal and ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer meet with Vladimir Solodov, Chairman of the Government of the Sakha Republic. Mr. Solodov offered his assistance in presenting the ICR at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2019.

InterContinental Railway co-founders Victor Razbegin and George Koumal and ICR Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer meet with Vladimir Solodov, Chairman of the Government of the Sakha Republic. Mr. Solodov offered his assistance in presenting the ICR at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2019.

 Dr. Aleksandr Kugaevskii, director of the M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University Finance and Economics Institute in Yakutsk, shows InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer and ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin where a bridge will one day cross the Lena River, connecting Yakutsk to Tabaga and linking to the railway at Nizhny Bestyakh, which will continue toward the Bering Strait

Dr. Aleksandr Kugaevskii, director of the M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University Finance and Economics Institute in Yakutsk, shows InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer and ICR co-founders George Koumal and Victor Razbegin where a bridge will one day cross the Lena River, connecting Yakutsk to Tabaga and linking to the railway at Nizhny Bestyakh, which will continue toward the Bering Strait

The ICR team interviewed on KCRW Berlin

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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.

The ICR team at InnoTrans in Berlin

The InterContinental Railway team had a productive week at InnoTrans – the world’s largest rail transportation trade show, which takes place biennially in Berlin.

 InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal (l) and Victor Razbegin (r) and Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer (2nd from r) meet with Boris Lapidus, chief advisor to the president of Russian Railways to discuss US-Russian cooperation on the InterContinental Railway.

InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal (l) and Victor Razbegin (r) and Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer (2nd from r) meet with Boris Lapidus, chief advisor to the president of Russian Railways to discuss US-Russian cooperation on the InterContinental Railway.

 InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer (middle) and ICR founder George Koumal (r) show Mr. Koumal’s design of the Bering Strait tunnel to Dr. Karin Bäppler, Head of Business Development and Geotechnics & Consulting & Traffic Tunnelling at Herrenknecht AG – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tunnel boring machines. Dr. Bäppler provided a wealth of technical insight on how to construct the Bering Strait tunnel.

InterContinental Railway Chief Project Advisor Scott Spencer (middle) and ICR founder George Koumal (r) show Mr. Koumal’s design of the Bering Strait tunnel to Dr. Karin Bäppler, Head of Business Development and Geotechnics & Consulting & Traffic Tunnelling at Herrenknecht AG – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tunnel boring machines. Dr. Bäppler provided a wealth of technical insight on how to construct the Bering Strait tunnel.

 InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal (l) and Victor Razbegin (m) and chief project advisor Scott Spencer (r) at the construction site of the Mauerpark tunnel in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg before descending into the tunnel.

InterContinental Railway co-founders George Koumal (l) and Victor Razbegin (m) and chief project advisor Scott Spencer (r) at the construction site of the Mauerpark tunnel in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg before descending into the tunnel.

 InterContinental Railway co-founder Victor Razbegin inside the tunnel boring machine (TBM) in the Mauerpark, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

InterContinental Railway co-founder Victor Razbegin inside the tunnel boring machine (TBM) in the Mauerpark, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

 The InterContinental Railway team inspect the Mauerpark tunnel in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. The Berlin Water Works is building the 3.7m diameter tunnel to collect excess water runoff and prevent it from entering the Spree River.

The InterContinental Railway team inspect the Mauerpark tunnel in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. The Berlin Water Works is building the 3.7m diameter tunnel to collect excess water runoff and prevent it from entering the Spree River.

InterContinental Railway at the Alaska State Fair

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.

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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.

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ICR team meet with the Bering Straits Native Corporation

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.

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ICR team meet with Doyon Limited

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.

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ICR team speak at World Trade Center luncheon in Anchorage

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. 

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ICR presentation and radio interview in Nome, Alaska

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. 

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