The old and the new: a POS TGV leaves Paris Est station and passes by the one-century old La Villette locomotive maintenance facility, whose future is uncertain
The emergency train makes a surprising appearance in Paris Est and delays the fabulous TGV 4402 (world rail speed record trainset) by 15 minutes
Locomotive Alhstom in the reserve of the station of Paris Nord station, waiting to be assigned to a service Corail.
The new generation. Ready for departure in the early morning light
A future "picture of the past": once the LGV Est high speed line opens in June, these BB 15000 series locomotives will not often visit the Paris Est station
At 7:30 am, about 70 technicians, VIPs and journalists are boarding the re-decorated "V150" trainset for a glorious day of test runs: they have set a new world record
Ready to leave Paris for a day of super high speed test runs. The 4402 prototype is coupled behind the 4404.
Ready for departure. To the right: a TGV Reseau is already providing passenger service on standard tracks so as to get passengers and staff used to the new trains on France's Eastern lines. To the... (more)
Under typical Parisian buidlings, 2 coupled TGV sets are ready for departure for a day of speed test runs. To the left is the proto 4402 fitted for super high speed. To the right is a nearly stand... (more)
World Speed Record on Rails, preliminary tests.
A day of tests starts with a 20mn stay in Paris Est (7:10 to 7:30 am) so that about 40 technicians and engineers board the train. 2 sets are couple... (more)
A TGV pulls out of the subterranean but sky-lit station.
Great view from the Eurostar departure lounge.
The speed machine line up at Gare Du Nord