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  • French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

    PARIS, France (AP) -- A French train with a 25,000-horsepower engine and special wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) as it zipped through the countryside to the applause of spectators.
    Roaring like a jet plane, with sparks flying overhead and kicking up a long trail of dust, the black and chrome V150 with three double-decker cars surpassed the record of 320.2 mph (515.3 kph) set in 1990 by another French train.
    It fell short, however, of beating the ultimate record set by Japan's magnetically levitated train, which hit 361 mph (580.9 kph) in 2003.

    The French TGV, or "train a grande vitesse," as the country's bullet train is called, had two engines on either side of the three double-decker cars for the record run, some 125 miles (201 kilometers) east of the capital on a new track linking Paris with Strasbourg.
    The demonstration was meant to showcase technology that France is trying to sell to overseas markets such as China. Hours before the run, Transport Minister Dominique Perben received a delegation from California, which is studying prospects for a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles.
    As the V150 sped through the countryside, people lined bridges and clapped and cheered when it roared beneath them.
    On board, there were noticeable vibrations as the train hurtled along. The air pressure briefly caused a slight earache.
    "We saw the countryside go by a little faster than we did during the tests," said Eric Pieczac, who operated the train. "I'm proud to have fulfilled the mission."
    "Everything went very well," he added.
    Technicians on the train had "French excellence" emblazoned on the backs of their T-shirts.
    Philippe Mellier, president of Alstom Transports, the builder, had said before the test that the train would try to break the record held by the Japanese maglev train. But, in the end, the TGV came up just short.
    The V150 was equipped with larger wheels than the usual TGV to cover more ground with each rotation and a stronger, 25,000-horsepower engine, said Alain Cuccaroni, in charge of the technical aspects of testing.
    Adjustments also were made to the new track, which opens June 10, notably the banking on turns. Rails were also treated so the wheels had good contact, Cuccaroni said. The electrical tension in the overhead cable was increased from 25,000 volts to 31,000.
    It was the first time that double-decker cars were used at such a high speed, according to officials of Alstom, which makes TGVs and crawled back a year ago from the edge of bankruptcy.
    The double-decker cars were transformed into a laboratory for the event so that technicians from the state-run rail company SNCF and Alstom could gather data during the run.
    The goal was more than "simply breaking a record," Cuccaroni said, adding that data from the test should help improve the security and comfort of passengers.
    Pierre-Louis Rochet, former head of French state-run rail network SNCF's international division, said this may be as fast as it gets on standard rails.
    "There is no interest" in going faster, said Rochet, now rail director for international engineering firm Arcadis. The speed test was aimed at boosting cruising speeds for commercial trains, which he predicted would never run at more than 220 mph (350kph ), "because after that the costs will increase too much."
    The record gilds France's image in the expanding market for high-speed technology as countries turn to bullet trains. France competes with neighboring Germany and with Japan for contracts.
    China, the biggest potential market, was to start building a high-speed line this year between Beijing and Shanghai to cut travel time from nine hours to five.
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    Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

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    HKDL : Done !!!

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    • #3
      Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

      That was absolutely amazing to watch both on tv and in the video you posted!

      It would be great if it would go from Paris to Heidelberg so my hubby and I wouldn't have to make that five hour drive next time we want to go between the two cities!!!

      I wonder what it feels and sounds like to the passengers on the inside of the train!

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        Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

        Wow thats crazy. I couldn't imagine being on a train going that fast
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          Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

          I loved that shot of Jules Verne strapped to the front of the TGV train, in the "From Time to Time" Circlevision film at Disneyland Paris (and briefly at Walt Disney World).

          Zoom, zoom, zoom.

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            Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

            I just don't know about that.... because if that thing crashes... there is no chance at all. I would be way tooo scared although that feeling of speed would be extremely fun

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              Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

              I heard that they just used a regular TGV and told the French driver that there were Germans behind him.





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              • #8
                Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

                This is soo super cool. I would love to ride this someday.
                If only we had one along the state of California. I could be at Disneyland in an hour. :ap: (If it was non stop)

                With all the Bureaucracy in this state it will never happen, just like the Monorail in Los Angeles.
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                • #9
                  Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

                  wow, just use this to get from paris to DLP, then watch the resorts have problems again

                  can we get one of these in fla... with stops near me and wdw and orlando and the airports

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                    Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

                    Originally posted by MissTheMouse View Post
                    I just don't know about that.... because if that thing crashes... there is no chance at all. I would be way tooo scared although that feeling of speed would be extremely fun
                    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way.


                    Originally posted by Jazzman View Post
                    I heard that they just used a regular TGV and told the French driver that there were Germans behind him.






                    *snicker*
                    She did it!

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                      Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

                      Originally posted by TicTocDragon View Post
                      This is soo super cool. I would love to ride this someday.
                      If only we had one along the state of California. I could be at Disneyland in an hour. :ap: (If it was non stop)
                      Oh TicToc! Me too! I can't imagine being in Disneyland within one hour, Phoenix to Anaheim! What a dream!
                      Last edited by Dr. Earkid; 04-13-2007, 08:54 AM. Reason: sp


                      It wasn't me, it was Lisa! :angel:

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                      • #12
                        Re: French train breaks speed record ! 357.2 mph !!!!!!

                        i use the TGV Train very often and it's very convinient . From Paris to Brussels it take 1h15 and from Paris to London 2h20 or Paris to South of France in 3 Hours .

                        TGV is also very cheap . Except London if you book more than two weeks before the Roundtrip cost €50 . London was €60 by booking long time before .
                        HKDL : Done !!!

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