Tuesday, 27 March 2007

TGV 150 - Another Speed Record for the French Train System

With the recent inauguration of the new railway tracks for the TGV going from Paris towards the east, the SNCF (French railway company) and Alsthom expect to set a new world speed record for the train travel.
Operation TGV 150, where 150 again refers to a target speed in metres per second, is a series of high speed trials currently underway on the LGV Est, prior to its June 2007 opening. Operation TGV 150 is conducted jointly by SNCF, TGV builder Alstom, and LGV Est owner Réseau Ferré de France. The highest speeds are expected to be reached near kilometer post 190 on the LGV Est, between the Meuse and Champagne-Ardenne TGV stations, where the most favorable profile exists. Following a series of increasingly high speed runs, the official speed record attempt will take place on April 5 2007, with a target speed of 570 km/h. (Thanks WikiPedia)
The TGV is just an amazing overall feet of technology. As we say in french :- «incroyable»!


FVTer (aka Thomas Fischer) said...

The speed trial was carried out today!
The TGV150 hit 574.8km/h! Congrats are definitely in order, a new world record has been set...