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Hi DoDo,

RAVE is the name of a company - Rede ferroviária de Alta VElocidade - or in english High Speed Railroad Network. This is the company that will build and manage the rail lines (not the trains I think). The term TGV is used to specify the train class itself, paying homage to its country of origin; most folk are likelly unaware of its meaning.

Alta Velocide (portuguese for High Speed) is sometimes used in the media by the folk that now, but the really popular term is TGV. In Portugal there is a tendency not to translate these technical terms. Also the portuguese term for train, combóio, has a rather folkish flavour to it, since its original meaning was a group of beasts of burden. It doesn't marry very well with the futuristic high-tech image of the TGV :)


by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 04:10:39 PM EST
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