France’s TGV has set a new world speed record for a train on rails. It hit just over 574 kilometres per hour on a stretch of track between Paris and the eastern city of Strasbourg.
The existing TGV record, set in 1990, was 515 kilometres per hour. But the train still stands seven kilometres shy of the absolute train speed record set by a Japanese magnetic levitation train in 2003.
Engineers credit the two supercharged locomotives and extra-large wheels for the speed of the so called V-one-fifty.