High Speed Trains – France Cracks Record

April 4, 2007 on 11:26 am | In country travel information, travel, travel industry, travel news | Comments Off

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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