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World’s Fastest Train
February 5, 2008, 2:28 pm
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In three years, passengers on a High-speed train will travel faster than ever before.  The new train, called the AGV (Automotrice Grande Vitesse) train will travel at up to 360km/h (224mph), powered by engines placed under each carriage. 

The absence of locomotives at either end allows it to carry more passengers – up to 700 people in more spacious compartments. With an engine under each carriage, the AGV – which translates as “high-speed railcar” – is unlike the TGV, which has engines only at the back and front.

The new AGV trains, designed by Alstom, are set to travel 1,000km (600 miles) in three hours, which is “a new stage in the competition with the airlines”, said Alstom’s Executive Chairman, Patrick Kron.

The TGV’s maximum speed currently is 320km/h. But a modified TGV achieved a world rail speed record for a train on conventional rails last April, reaching 574.8km/h. The AGV’s new engines are more energy-efficient and it also reduces maintenance costs, the company says.  An Italian operator has already bought 25 of the AGV trains, and will run them on the Italian high-speed network at a speed of 300km/h in 2011.


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