The 1981 World Speed Record Team in front of their brand new train. From the left to the right: Daniel Levert, Henri Déjeux, André Cossié, Gabriel Jacquot and Jacques Ruiz.
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The first TGV World Speed Record of 1981
On February 26 1981, 7 months before the first High Speed Line opened in France, the Sud-Est TGV trainset #16 reached 380 km/h, a W... (more)
A seven-cars TGV?
This is Day 1 (out of two) of the February 1981 TGV World Speed Record. A TGV set was secretly prepared for high speed tests. A secret that was poorly pre... (more)
Everything in this picture is brand new: the trains are a few months old, the high speed line is not yet open to commercial service (it will take one more year befo... (more)
The TGV "Sud-Est" #31 - from the first series of TGV sets built between 1978 and 1984 - was the last one refurbished at the Romilly-sur-Seine workshops, a small town about 130 km east of... (more)
End of life for these 7 oldest French high speed couple engines who's waiting the death in Sotteville yards. All TGV engines have been coupled and placed head to tail to form a train who can be mo... (more)
Shining new TGV
01-26-1981 - On January 26, 1981 – the date I took this picture - the Sud-Est TGV set #16 was just a few weeks old. It had been recently received from the Alsthom... (more)
Sunset on a Postal TGV a few days before they were retired from service
The Romilly shop where the 36 years old high speed trainset are renovated for 10 years of new life ! This high speed locomotive has been completely removed for leaving only the structure and contr... (more)