On the long straight (tangent) track of the "Ligne des Landes" (in the Landes region), the Z7001 test bed is running at a speed between 200 and 300 km/h for testing some of the component... (more)
Side portrait of the CC 72084 in its beautiful and classic "Arzens" livery, after the name of the famous French locomotive designer Paul Arzens.
13 cm higher
In January 1981 in the Villeneuve Saint Georges AMPSE shops, the TGV SE #16 had bigger wheels than sister trainset #04 because it was modified for the "TGV100&quo... (more)
Mint in Box
The shops were brand new, and the trains as well. The shops were then called "AMPSE" Ateliers du Matériel de Paris Sud-Est, something like Paris South-East Ro... (more)
A story of old and young beasts
The old beast on the right has just uncoupled from the newest SNCF super-beast on the left, which is the Sud-Est TGV #16. This is the beginning of... (more)
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)
On the morning of February 26 1981, an ageing diesel built in Feb 1956 of the CC 65500 series nicknamed "Dakota" hauls the World Record TGV Sud-Est #16 toward the test track on the high ... (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.
This picture s... (more)
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)
A freight train going to Domodossola passes the Beura-Cardezza station at km 50+246 from Milano. The station still extists but it is closed.