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French TGV high speed train

Postby member13 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:59 pm

TGV at 357mph! The vid is 2 years old but still pretty cool

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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby jmass » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:09 pm

that is cool. and we dont have anything close to that here.
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby member13 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:28 pm

Well we do have the Amtrack Acela but it's not nearly as fast

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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:51 pm

I've ridden on a TGV before, during my last deployment, we were in Toulon, France for Christmas. Well, the only thing open in Toulon on Christmas was a bar, a strip club, and a train station.

So a few buddies and I took a TGV ride to Marseilles, France, where there were multiple bars open, a few more strip clubs and a McDonalds - that was all. We even staggered our way through (combination of cold, drunkenness, and rough roads) through a section of town called "Little Baghdad". Interesting enough I might add.

Unless you are focusing on the ground along the tracks, it is very hard to determine if the train is tilting or not.

All told, a very smooth ride, except for the return trip: cancelled due to a worker's strike, so we had to catch a bus home. SNCF was nice enough to provide the bus, as well as refund our return ticket cost.
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby member13 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:39 pm

AngrySailor302 wrote: it is very hard to determine if the train is tilting or not.


I've always wondered about that. I need to find an excuse to get on the Acela :lol:
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:10 am

During the ride from Toulon to Marseilles, we were in the upper level of a Duplex TGV, at the car closest to the lead power unit of a 4 power unit train.

<POWER UNIT][PASSENGER CARS][POWER UNIT><POWER UNIT][PASSENGER CARS][POWER UNIT>

Here is the lead unit of the train that my drunken sailor buddies :mrgreen: :sick: :crazy: and I rode.
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Here is a picture of an older TGV at speed at Toulon Station.
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Here is the mid point of the same train.
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A Diesel Shunter at the station:
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Another Passenger Train at the station:
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:36 am

There was a small shunting yard there as well:
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Here are some TGV Duplexes in the train station in Marseilles, France
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:39 pm

The last two pics with the "red eyes" are great!
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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:20 pm

Here is the shunting yard picture:
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The "Red Eyes" are the tail lights of the train, the same way that the Acela has them. Marseilles station is a work of art, and is a stub end station, meaning that trains come in to a dead end, instead of stopping along side the platform like in Toulon.

The trains have to leave the station in the opposite direction to which they came in, which is not a problem for the TGV, but for the other locomotives, they have to have an engine put in on the other end of the train, and as the non-TGV trains are still using screw couplers and buffers, that takes some time.

Here is a close up of the couplers used on the shunter engines, similar to everything but the TGV. I tried to get pictures of the end buffer system used on the passenger cars to reduce back and forth movement, basically a 3rd buffer mounted at floor level of the car in the middle, but I found out that digital cameras suck taking night pictures that night, so the image did not turn out.

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Re: French TGV high speed train

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:44 pm

Standard coupler for EU.... France needs to get with the times and throw in some driving cabs for the passenger trains instead of moving locos back and forth all over the place. I'd be interested in seeing what the third buffer looks like (weird....French). The TGV, yeah I know they're the tail lights - just thought they looked cool in those pics - kind of like this --> :twisted:
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