Train Speed Record on Rails Broken

Train Speed Record on Rails Broken
On the 4/3/2007 the high-speed French train named V-150 broke the world speed record for trains or rails. The 17 years old record was set by another French train which reached a speed of 515 km/h (320 mph). The new V-150 broke this record reaching an astounding speed of 574 km/h (356 mph).

The V-150 is actually not the fastest train in the world. This title belongs to the Japanese magnetically levitated (Maglev) train which reached an unofficial speed record of 580 km/h (360 mph). The V-150 was modified to be able to break the record including larger wheels and a stronger, 25,000-horsepower engine. The power to the electric powered train was also increased from 25,000 volts to 31,000.  

The V-150 included several double-decker cars and drove along the new line linking Paris to eastern France, starting in the town of Preny. This record is especially important to the France train industry which is trying to win highly lucrative contracts in China which is currently preparing a 300 billion dollars train program across the country. Competing against the French are German and Japanese companies also trying to win contracts in China.

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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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