France breaks world speed record for rail trains

April 3, 2007 15:33

A high-speed French train with a souped-up engine and wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 574.8 kph. The black and chrome train with three double-decker cars, named the V150, bettered the previous record of 515.3 set in 1990 by the French fast train. However, it fell short of the ultimate record set by Japan's non-conventional magnetically levitated train, which sped to 581 kph in 2003. The endeavor showcased technology France is trying to sell to overseas markets like China.

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