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TGV high-speed rail: 3 world records over 40 years

From 380 km/h to 515.3 km/h to 574.8 km/h. Forty years after the legendary orange train set our first world record for high-speed rail, you can relive all three records—in 1981, 1990 and 2007—in this video.

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Four decades ago, on 26 February 1981, Operation TGV 1001 set the world speed record for rail when a train reached 380 km/h. Less than ten years later, TGV Atlantique trainset 325 made history again at 515.3 km/h, and on 3 April 2007, the Alstom V150 set the current world record: 574.8 km/h.

Go behind the scenes with our video and immerse yourself in these three legendary moments—from preparation to suspense to euphoria.

Le TGV, de record en record

Our TGV holds the world speed record for rail, at 574.8 km/h.

1 Operation TGV 100, which set the record of 26 February 1981, had a target speed of 100 meters per second. That rose to 140 m/s for Operation TGV 140 (record set 18 May 1990) and 150 m/s for Operation TGV 150 (record set 3 April 2007).