Tuesday, April 3, 2007

France breaks world's speed record on rails

While this doesn't have anything to do with computers, it's still is an interesting bit of tech news. Today a French TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) broke the world speed record for conventional rail trains with a speed of 574.8kph (357.2 mph), almost breaking the record for all train types which is held by Japan's Mag-Lev train of 581 km/h (363 mph).

The train used to break the record was specially modified for the feat: larger wheels and a stronger engine (25,000 hp) were installed (that's like having 25,000 horses pulling you!)

If you can understand French as I do you can watch a nice long clip featuring today's feat, but if not you just get a few seconds while the train speeds by the camera.

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