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Well said.

Regarding the last, the world record of the TGV Atlantique was already above (515.3 km/h = 320.2 mph). On 13 February, the TGV Est test train already reached an inofficial world record of 553 km/h (343.6 mph). Here you see it at a moment it goes 544 km/h, throwing sparks:

a little later:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 09:06:31 PM EST
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I mixed up my mphs and kphs. Wondering how fast the record run might go, 580kph?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 10:42:26 PM EST
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As the world speed record set by the Japanese maglev in 2003 is 581 km/h, despite all low-key formulations by SNCF and Alstom officials, I think inofficially they are eyeing that threshold...

But I'd hope these tests also make practical sense, as an extreme test of the technology of the next generation of TGVs (chiefly: at last switch to distributed traction [a first in high-speed Jacobs, that is between-the-cars bogies], that with the next best electric motor type [permanent magnet synchronous] and state-of-the-art power electronics [IGBT]).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 04:06:35 AM EST
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You can win a seat in the record train.

Here is the SNCF drawing lots web site

Good luck!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 05:58:21 AM EST
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Thanks for the link!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 06:38:56 PM EST
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