France's TGV sets new world record

14th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - France's superfast TGV train has broken its own world record by hitting a peak speed of 553 kilometres (331 miles) per hour, a French newspaper reported Wednesday.

PARIS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - France's superfast TGV train has broken its own world record by hitting a peak speed of 553 kilometres (331 miles) per hour, a French newspaper reported Wednesday.

The SNCF rail company, the network operator RFF and Alstom, the TGV's manufacturer, all refused to confirm the report in Le Parisien, which comes several months before an official attempt to set a new rail record.

An Alstom spokesman said only that the Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) was carrying out test runs ahead of an official bid -- scheduled for April -- to beat its own 1990 world record of 515.3 kilometres per hour.

Le Parisien said the new record was set Tuesday in test conditions by a train formed of two locomotives and three wagons, on a stretch of the brand new TGV line connecting Paris to the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Currently, average travelling speeds for the TGV are around 300 kilometres per hour, but trains on the latest-generation Paris-Strasbourg line, which opens in June, are to run slightly faster at 320 kilometres per hour.

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Subject: French news, TGV

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