[quote]French train breaks own record at 553 kph
Wednesday 14th February, 2007
The French high-speed TGV train broke its own rail speed record when it touched 553 km an hour, the daily Le Parisien reported Wednesday.
The record was reached Tuesday afternoon by a special train comprising two motors and three specially equipped cars.
Two test runs were held in secret on the new Paris to Strasbourg line, with the train setting the new record during the second run at a spot 193 km east of Paris. The previous record, 515.3 km per hour, was set by another TGV train on May 18, 1990.