158/365 – And the train, ooh-la-la!

PZ on TGV

I know, it looks like I’m on a plane — and we are flying along the French countryside, only on rails.

The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, French for “high-speed train”) was amazing.  I debated with Dearest about how fast we were going on our trip from Paris to the south of France, and my early estimates were like 70 miles an hour, but that was because I was looking at more distant scenery.  When I got next to the window and looked down, the ground was a complete blur.  Then in the club car, a train nut who was – get this – shooting video clips of other high-speed trains zipping past us in the other direction (talk about a blur!) – said the TGV would soon go as fast as a jet. 

Now that I can do some research, I see in 2007, a research prototype TGV train broke the world speed record on rail, reaching 357 miles per hour.  Jets do go a bit faster, but not much, so thanks, train nut, for the factoid.  So the one we were on was going up to 320 km/h (200 mph) and Dearest wins the debate.  Great way to travel, we’re stupid to not build more of these in the U.S.