RailPictures.Net Photo: TGV 16 SNCF TGV SE at Villeneuve St Georges, France by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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Villeneuve St Georges AMPSE (more..)
Villeneuve St Georges, France (more..)
January 26, 1981
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TGV 16 (more..)
Jean-Marc Frybourg (more..)
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Shining new TGV

- 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 Belfort factory. It was shorter than other TGV sets and also had some other differences, because it had been selected to test the newly built high speed line. On the picture, TGV #16 is standing in the also new TGV shops in Villeneuve St Georges.
02-26-1981 - One month later, the TGV set #16 established a new world speed record at 380 km/h. For the first time, the old 331 km/h SNCF world speed record of 1955 was surpassed. The 380 km/h speed was both an experimental test to collect data that would help further high speed in France, and a way to reassure future TGV riders by showing the safety margin between top test speed and cruise speed.
09-27-1981 - Seven months later: opening of the first section (St Florentin to Sathonay) of the new Paris-Lyon high speed line and first TGV commercial service at high speed in France (the cruise speed was then 260 km/h or 161.56 mph, later increased to 270, then 300 and now 320 on the most recent lines).
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