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BBC NEWS | World | Europe | France unveils super-fast train
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has attended the launch of a new high-speed train made by engineering giant Alstom.

The AGV (Automotrice Grande Vitesse) train will travel at up to 360km/h (224mph), powered by engines placed under each carriage, the company says.

The absence of locomotives at either end allows it to carry more passengers.

Alstom compares the AGV - successor to the TGV - to the world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, in terms of importance and innovation.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2008 at 08:49:25 AM EST
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Hehehe :-)

More passengers is the lesser advantage, having distributed power (or, more precisely, more traction force) is the real big advantage. Also, some US-style boosterism there -- all Japanese Shinkansens and the German ICE-3 have distributed power already. The one new thing here is distributed power on Jacobs bogies (between-cars bogies).

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

by DoDo on Tue Feb 5th, 2008 at 10:42:42 AM EST
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