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[url]http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/04/03/TGVspeedrecord.ap/index.html[/url]

[QUOTE]PARIS, France (AP) -- France broke the world speed record on rails Tuesday with a souped-up fast train, a feat to showcase the technology it is trying to sell to overseas markets including China.

A high-speed French train named the V-150, equipped with a modified engine and wheels broke the world speed record today by traveling more than [B]350 miles-per-hour.[/B]

The new record is expected to gild France's image in the expanding market for high-speed technology as countries like China turn to bullet trains.

The black-and-chrome train with three double-decker cars sped along a new line linking Paris to eastern France, starting in the town of Preny. It broke the 1990 rail record, also held by a French train, of 515.3 kph (320.2 mph).

The specially designed train was outfitted to reach up to 540 kph (335.5 mph) -- about the speed of a short-distance freight propeller plane.[/QUOTE]

You know this could really be used in the states more often, why the US & Canada don't invest more in high speed rail lines I don't know.

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