380 km/h - The World Speed Record of 1981
This is a picture of the actual 380 km/h speed record run. The train is going north. The highest speed has been achieved between km 156.... (more)
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