Paris - Strasbourg, France

On 15 March 2007 the rail route 300 km length between Paris and Strasbourg was opened with a firework, establishing another milestone in the history of successful rail technology. On 3 April 2007, the modified TGV-POS unit 4402 won a new world speed record for trains on conventional tracks by reaching a speed of 574.8 km/h. And this with the help of a CuSn contact wire made by NKT. Since the start of the regular operation on 10 June 2007, the route LGV Est européenne (short form for Ligne à Grande Vitesse Est Européenne = Eastern European High Speed Line) has been used by both France’s TGV and Germany’s ICE allowing speeds of up to 320 km/h, thus reducing the travelling time between Paris and Strasbourg to no more than 140 minutes.

New speed record for trains on conventional tracks with 574.8 km/h

300 km

Delivery of approx. 13,850 km of copper-tin contact wire

2002 - 2007

SNCF and Alstom Transport

Paris - Strasbourg, France



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