Entries Tagged as ‘SNCF’

Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 8:30 pm

On Board the Record-Setting TGV

Philippe Hérissé was on board the special TGV trainset that broke the rail speed record last week, and begins a detailed account of his experience. In French. Via TrainBlog. Previously: TGV Speed Record Video; 574.8 Kilometres Per Hour; SNCF Hypes Imminent TGV Record Attempt; Another TGV Speed Record.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:33 am

TGV Speed Record Video

A video of yesterday’s TGV speed record: Via Marcel.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 11:46 am

574.8 Kilometres Per Hour

The official TGV speed record attempt took place today, the Associated Press reports (Washington Post). Via Marcel. 574.8 km/h. Or, if you prefer, 357.2 mph. Or, if you prefer, 160 m/s. 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 […]

Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 8:37 am

SNCF Hypes Imminent TGV Record Attempt

SNCF’s “official” TGV speed record attempt — as opposed to its “unofficial” speed record — is apparently taking place on April 3, weather permitting, but you wouldn’t believe the hype in the meantime. The special trainset, in special livery, is the focus of attention (video), and there’s even a contest to win a seat on […]

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Another TGV Speed Record

Earlier this month came word that the SNCF’s TGV set an unofficial speed record during tests on the new Paris-Strasbourg line, reaching a maximum speed of 553 km/h. By unofficial, they mean that this is not the “official” record attempt; that’s supposed to take place in April. What does 553 km/h look like? Something like […]