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    I think the US could use some of these.

    French train breaks speed record


    POSTED: 9:27 a.m. EDT, April 3, 2007
    PARIS, France (AP) -- A French train with a 25,000-horsepower engine and special wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) as it zipped through the countryside to the applause of spectators.
    Roaring like a jet plane, with sparks flying overhead and kicking up a long trail of dust, the black and chrome V150 with three double-decker cars surpassed the record of 320.2 mph (515.3 kph) set in 1990 by another French train.
    It fell short, however, of beating the ultimate record set by Japan's magnetically levitated train, which hit 361 mph (580.9 kph) in 2003. (Watch the train speed through the French countryside )
    The French TGV, or "train a grande vitesse," as the country's bullet train is called, had two engines on either side of the three double-decker cars for the record run, some 125 miles (201 kilometers) east of the capital on a new track linking Paris with Strasbourg.
    The demonstration was meant to showcase technology that France is trying to sell to overseas markets such as China. Hours before the run, Transport Minister Dominique Perben received a delegation from California, which is studying prospects for a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles.
    As the V150 sped through the countryside, people lined bridges and clapped and cheered when it roared beneath them.
    "We saw the countryside go by a little faster than we did during the tests," said Eric Pieczac, who operated the train. "I'm proud to have fulfilled the mission."
    "Everything went very well," he added.
    Technicians on the train had "French excellence" emblazoned on the backs of their T-shirts.
    Philippe Mellier, president of Alstom Transports, the builder, had said before the test that the train would try to break the record held by the Japanese maglev train.
    The V150 was equipped with larger wheels than the usual TGV to cover more ground with each rotation and a stronger, 25,000-horsepower engine, said Alain Cuccaroni, in charge of the technical aspects of testing.
    Adjustments also were made to the new track, which opens June 10, notably the banking on turns. Rails were also treated so the wheels had good contact, Cuccaroni said. The electrical tension in the overhead cable was increased from 25,000 volts to 31,000.
    It was the first time that double-decker cars were used at such a high speed, according to officials of Alstom, which makes TGVs and crawled back a year ago from the edge of bankruptcy.
    The double-decker cars were transformed into a laboratory for the event so that technicians from the state-run rail company SNCF and Alstom could gather data during the run.
    The goal was more than "simply breaking a record," Cuccaroni said, adding that data from the test should help improve the security and comfort of passengers.
    The record gilds France's image in the expanding market for high-speed technology as countries turn to bullet trains. France competes with neighboring Germany and with Japan for contracts.
    China, the biggest potential market, was to start building a high-speed line this year between Beijing and Shanghai to cut travel time from nine hours to five.
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    And yet, we struggle to do 100mph...absolutely pathetic

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    I think the US could use some of these.

    French train breaks speed record


    POSTED: 9:27 a.m. EDT, April 3, 2007
    PARIS, France (AP) -- A French train with a 25,000-horsepower engine and special wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) as it zipped through the countryside to the applause of spectators.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpeivd9zp90
    Here's the video turn up the sound

    Whole thing her

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8skXT5NQzCg




    absolutely sick

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    PORT AUTHORITY AUTHORIZES INSTALLATION OF NEW ARRESTOR BEDS AT JFK, NEWARK LIBERTY AND TETERBORO AIRPORTS

    Date: March 29, 2007
    Press Release Number: 27-2007

    The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized the design and construction of beds made of aerated cement blocks that crumble under the weight of an aircraft to stop it safely and quickly in the event it overruns a runway. The arrestor beds will be installed at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports.

    The technology, known as an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), was pioneered by the Port Authority with support from the Federal Aviation Administration, and has proven effective at JFK, where the world’s first EMAS was installed in 1996 and has safely stopped three aircraft, and at Teterboro Airport, where an EMAS was installed in 2006 and has already safely stopped one aircraft.

    “The Port Authority has the nation’s most aggressive program to install arrestor beds,” said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “Today’s authorization brings our total number of arrestor beds to seven, far more than any other airport operator in the country.”

    Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “This technology saves lives, which is why we pioneered arrestor bed development more than a decade ago. Including today’s action, our investment in arrestor beds is more than $115 million, and we are planning to install two additional systems in the near future. I’m sure the dozens of people whose planes were rescued by these beds at JFK and Teterboro would agree that this is money well spent.”

    The Board’s action authorizes installation of EMAS systems at the ends of Runway 22L at JFK, Runway 29 at Newark and Runway 19 at Teterboro. Currently, JFK has one arrestor bed, LaGuardia has two and Teterboro has one. The system installed at Newark will be its first. The estimated cost for installation of the new systems is $19 million at JFK, $14.9 million at Newark and $40.7 million at Teterboro. The higher cost for the EMAS at Teterboro is due to the need to relocate a local street in order to complete construction.

    The systems’ effect has been compared to driving a vehicle into gradually deepening snow. The collapsible aerated cement blocks rise gradually from the ground to approximately 30 inches and can safely stop an aircraft traveling at up to 80 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBYkiller View Post
    And yet, we struggle to do 100mph...absolutely pathetic
    100mph ... Ha! Have you been on a train lately?

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    I live on LI, so that should answer your question.

    Overall, intercity rail, ASIDE from the NEC, barely gets over 100MPH.

    Would you be happier if I said 150?

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