Posted by Mitch Goldman on June 30, 2013 
Amtrak probably could've gotten a great deal on it! Interesting photo and caption - thanks for sharing.
Posted by Rich Brown on July 1, 2013 
YES, GOOD GREIF, "Send 'em over here" - the NEC could certainly use more capacity. Even if the electricals/electronics had to be redone for a different voltage, the carbodies and "mechanicals" would HAVE TO BE CHEAPER than building from scratch.
Posted by AZ Mike on July 1, 2013 
Here, here, send them over. Leaps and bounds above current Amtrak technology or even to an American traction museum.
Posted by J Moller on July 1, 2013 
This equipment would not be compliant with FRA crash standards. No sale.
Posted by Mitch Goldman on July 1, 2013 
FRA regulations had been recently modified to allow less then utopian standards and better access to European and Asian technology - think California HSR and Acela replacements. These museum pieces would make great investments in America's return to high speed rail - we can pick up where we left off decades ago at a discount.
Posted by Nigel Curtis on July 4, 2013 
Jean-Marc, do you know which number TGVs are being scrapped and which one is in the picture?
Posted by AZ Mike on July 4, 2013 
These things go how fast and wouldn't meet FRA crash standards? hmmm..
Posted by Gary on July 6, 2013 
Any evidence to back that statement up, Mr Moller? These train sets have certainly stood up well to some very high speed derailments and a collision or two over the years I seem to remember! TGV's were always understood to be extremely strong and well built vehicles.
Posted by Ernst Berkhout on July 10, 2013 
What distance it must have covered during those years - and at what speeds!
Posted by Jean-Marc Frybourg on July 11, 2013 
By Jan 1, 2013, the Sud-Est TGV #51 had travelled 12,333,950 km - or 7,663,961 miles - at speeds up to 300 km/h - 186 mph.
Posted by J Moller on July 11, 2013 
Reference Crash Standards, the FRA has stringent requirements for equipment that operates in an environment with "conventional" equipment - this will be typical of operations on the NEC or elsewhere where, even with a separate right of way, the trains may operate over conventional routes with other trains in terminal areas. You might recall that the ACELA equipment had significant modifications to meet the US standards in place at that time. I don't have time to dig out the current language (which soon will appear as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) but here is a presentation from several years ago that outlines the issues. http://www.apta.com/mc/hsr/previous/2011/presentations/Presentations/Implementing-High-Speed-Rail-in-the-United-States.pdf
Posted by Jean-Marc Frybourg on July 17, 2013 
From : Jean-Marc Frybourg Sent : mercredi 17 juillet 2013 19:01 To : 'Berkhout, Ernst' Even better - see here: http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?offset=0&where=search|-2|-2|-2||-2|ouigo|15|1||||||||-2|-2||-2|-2|||15|-2|-2||||||1||1|||||||&newdisplay=9 The new "OUIGO" low-cost TGV works with 4 trainsets #760-763. They are the most recent and reliable in the TGV fleet. They are scheduled for producing 1 million km / year / train set =621,400 miles Or about 3000 km per day (1864 miles) by running during 12 hours/day on average. This is 7 days a week. Maintenance is at night between 2300 and 0500. They also get twice per year a 5-day overhaul This level of utilization is the highest in the world. ------------ From : Berkhout, Ernst Sent : mardi 16 juillet 2013 10:12 To : Jean-Marc Frybourg RE: RailPictures.Net Member Contact Wow - that must mean it travels at least around 1200 kms per day, for 32 years. Amazing! It's a shame to see it demolished, but the rate at which new TGV's enter service will make up for the ones written off, I'm sure... ---------- From: Jean-Marc Frybourg Sent: donderdag 11 juli 2013 13:40 To: Berkhout, Ernst Subject: RailPictures.Net Member Contact Posted by Ernst Berkhout on July 10, 2013 What distance it must have covered during those years - and at what speeds! By Jan 1, 2013, the Sud-Est TGV #51 had travelled 12,333,950 km - or 7,663,961 miles - at speeds up to 300 km/h - 186 mph (the #51 is not the unit shown on the picture).
Posted by Sarbashis Das on September 3, 2014 
Hmm... rare view of what lies inside the nose
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