About William Simpson, creator of the QUADRAIL TRAIN concept.
Bill is a licensed master electrician with a degree in electrical engineering. He
worked as an electrical engineering intern at a nuclear power station project for
a major engineering/ construction firm prior to being called to serve in the United
States military. In the military he was trained as a telecommunications specialist.
“I first thought about the Bering Strait railway/utilities tunnel project in
1995. I wrote up a description of my proposal and submitted it to the United States
and Russian government, as well as the United Nations at that time. I suggested,
in my proposal, exploring the use of LIM, or Mag-Lev train technology. At the time,
there were scientific breakthroughs in high temperature superconductors. However,
the current density of these materials hasn’t increased to a practical level for
use in Mag-Lev technology.
“In 1999, while on vacation. I purchased a North American Rail Pass from AMTRAK
and rode trains for thousands of miles across the United States and Canada over nearly
a month’s time, visiting friends and sightseeing. That’s when I came up with the
idea for the QUADRAIL TRAIN. It would offer the high speed attributes of Mag-Lev
and provide greater versatility since special track is not required for the QUADRAIL
TRAIN, other than ties that tie all four rails together, and standard gauge trains
can run on these tracks as well.”
-- Bill Simpson
Why build a long distance, international, intercontinental railway?
And why we created this website.
--comments on Quadrail website
The concept of the Quadrail train design and the development of a functional tunnel
design that could span the Bering Strait has been the result of the efforts of William
Simpson. I worked with Bill on telecom system design projects in the early 1980’s.
His attention to detail in those projects assured me that any project he put his
mind to could bring substantial results.
Bill began pursuing these Quadrail and tunnel design concepts in 1995. Many others
have talked about accomplishing such an enormous project of connecting Alaska and
Russia across the Bering Strait. The task is huge but there are great benefits beyond
what one might first consider. The Quadrail train design would help make such efforts
feasible and worthwhile.
To many, traveling from the continental US to Alaska as a route to get to Asia may
seemed out of the way. But if by considering spherical maps of the earth, such as
the examples below from Google Earth, it is apparent that the shortest land routes
are through the north, passing through Canada, Alaska, and the Bering Strait.
The following maps show direct routes from New York to Tokyo, and from Chicago to
The concepts on this web site are presented to help make this information available
to anyone interested in or working on such projects, and to help reach toward the
goal of establishing peaceful international and intercontinental relations.