The low cost Ouigo TGV train sets reach the highest ever productivity of SNCF rolling stock. The train set #760 travelled 91,007 km / 56,549 miles in May 2014, ... (more)
Given the high power and inertia of high speed trains, the French high speed lines are built rollercoaster-like, with 3.5% grades if needed.
This is one of the few remarkable bridges on the first French high speed line (LN1 Paris-Lyon) inaugurated in 1981 - that was 33 years ago. The speed was initially 260 km/h. It is 300 km/h today a... (more)