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2007: The TGV World Speed Record

2007: The TGV World Speed Record
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / TGV 4402 operation V150 reaching 574 km/h on 3 April 2007 near Le Chemin, France.

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  • Historical event
  • 3 April 2007
  • The record of 574.8 km/h was achieved near the village of Le Chemin in the area of Champagne (during the 191st km). Interestingly, the French train had 26,300-horsepower electric motors.

On this day in 2007 the TGV achieved a world speed record for the conventional rail vehicles.

The record of 574.8 km/h still stands, and only the Japanese Maglev trains are faster than TGVs, but they are not in a commercial use (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, or high-speed train.

The record-breaking ride was achieved on the LGV Est, an extension to the French high-speed rail network which connects France and Germany, on this day in 2007.

The record of 574.8 km/h was achieved near the village of Le Chemin (during the 191st km), between the TGV station`s Meuse and Champagne-Ardenne (there the line was the most appropriate to achieve high speed).

The village of Le Chemin is located in the French Champagne, which is famous for its sparkling wine. Unfortunately, bloody battles were fought in this area during World War I.

Interestingly, the train had 26,300-horsepower electric motors. Wheels larger than which are usually used (1,092 mm instead of 920 mm) were necessary to achieve the record.

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