RailPictures.Net Photo: TGV 16 SNCF TGV SE at Moulins-en-Tonnerrois, France by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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Sambourg (more..)
Moulins-en-Tonnerrois, France (more..)
February 26, 1981
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TGV 16 (more..)
Jean-Marc Frybourg (more..)
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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 156.5 and 155.5 and this picture was taken about 1.5 km later at km 153. There was another bridge above the tracks closer to the point of highest speed but it was invaded by the media, not a quiet and pleasant place to stay to capture the historic picture. A second run with journalists on board took place later in the day, and reached 364 km/h, see here. These speeds do not seem high relative to the 574.8 km/h record of 2007 but at the time it was impressive, and more importantly it was the achievement of 25 years of research and development efforts since the previous, more perilous record of March 1955 (331 km/h).
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