France breaks the world speed record for rail trains..
April 3, 2007 10:46am CST
"A French train with a 25,000-horsepower engine and special wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph..." Wow! That is pretty fast. It just makes you wonder...how fast they think a train actually needs to go to be able to compete as a passenger transport? Apparently, they are trying to sell their idea to China and to California who wants to build a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Amtrak doesn't come close to where I live, so I've never even been on that, though the idea is appealing. Any comments on the new train? Anyone like traveling by train? http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2007-04-03-france-train_N.htm
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3 Apr 07
I travel a lot by train. Up until last year I commuted between Ottawa and Toronto for four months of the year. Leaving Sunday returning Friday evening. The trip was four hours each way. I found it very enjoyable. I also took the train to Winnipeg Manitoba from Toronto. I takes 2 days and some hours. I had a roomette so I could pull my cot down for a little snooze after a fantastic lunch in the dining car. That train goes from coast to coast in Canada and has two dome cars, where you sit high up under a glass dome and can view the landscape. It also has a recreation car, where you can read the paper, play games or just chat. The food was really terrific. Once I took a train from Vancouver to Lilooet in the interior of British Columbia. It climbes up these steep mountains and the scenery is breathtaking. Another time I took a train from Sept-Iles Quebec to Labrador City. It took all day and travelled through untouched wilderness, no houses, no roads, no cars no people. People would tell before boarding at which mile they wanted to get off. I guess to go fishing or hunting or canoeing. I have travelled on a high speed train in Germany. This train is called the ICE train. It is white, sleek and shaped like a rocket. There is a computer in the aisle between cars that clocks the speed. The fastest it went was 240 km per hour, but you really don't feel it. It is like riding in an airplane (on the ground) There have been other train trips, but I won't bore you with more. I would love to ride on that new train in France. I guess you could say I love trains.
• Manchester, England
8 Apr 07
357 mph is a phenomenal speed for a train, and in countries with a vast distance to cover such as the United States or Australia it would make a significant difference for a journey across the country. Attaining that kind of speed is one thing, but I would have serious reservations about the level of safety involved. A derailment or impact at such a speed would have serious consequences.
8 Apr 07
Good job they didn't try and do it here in the UK .. the state of our railway tracks they'd have crashed long before getting up to top speed .. I reckon we must have some of the worst railway tracks in the world nowadays .. and to think we were leaders in railways once .. it's shameful ...
5 Apr 07
The demonstration was meant to showcase technology that France is trying to sell to the multibillion-dollar overseas markets such as China. Hours before the run, Transport Minister Dominique Perben received a delegation from California, which is studying prospects for a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles.People lined bridges and clapped and cheered when as the V150 roared by.“There are about 10,000 engineers who would want to be in my place,” Pieczac said. “It makes me very happy, a mixed feeling of pride and honor to be able to reach this speed.” Technicians on the train had “French excellence” emblazoned on the backs of their T-shirts.
• United States
5 Apr 07
I love traveling by train but wouldn't want to go on a high-speed train. I prefer to put the headphones on, kick back, and enjoy the view of the countryside as I'm traveling. Can't do that with a high-speed train. Everything would be a blur.
3 Apr 07
I do use MRT and LRT and it really saves a lot of time than taking buses or even taxi in transportation. But i dont like to take train when im going to far places like provinces, coz i tend to take bus than train. I dunno i just felt like taking trains and being there for a long time is more dangerous than taking buses even for 10hours trip. But i do take train like MRT when it just like being there for 20mins maximum. Have a nice day ahead from Francis.