You may have read recently that a specially equipped French Train (TGV) hit a record for wheeled trains of 357.2 miles per hour during a technology test last week. The speed has only been exceeded by a Maglev train in Japan
For the most part, the test was a marketing ploy to sell the French technology to the Chinese.
However, buried in the reports was a piece of good news for travelers in France. The test took place on a new, high-speed track that extends from Paris to Strasbourg, allowing travelers faster access to eastern France and Germany. The LGV-Est line connects to Strasbourg in 2 hours and 20 minutes (speed = approximately 200 mph), considerably shorter than the 4 hours previously required. The service will not be available to the public until mid-June of this year.
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