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Safety Relevant Observations on the TGV High Speed Train

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1991
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Specifications, Vehicle-Track Interaction, Safety Assessment, Train Grande Vitesse
ABSTRACT: This report describes the background leading up to the development of the train grande vitesse (TGV) system, the French high-speed technology; the technology itself in some detail; and the potential U.S. applications. This document also reviews Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations that may be applicable to the design of this train relative to any potential U.S. application. This report uses information provided by the train operator in France, the French National Railways (SNCF); the train manufacturer in France, GEC Alsthom; the TGV franchise holder for North America, Bombardier Corporation; and the consortium proposing the TGV technology for application in Texas, Texas TGV, led by Morrison Knudsen Corporation. Information was also gathered from independent sources and during a series of briefings hosted by SNCF, including site visits to TGV production, maintenance, and operational facilities, and a ride on TGV Atlantique equipment for over 500 km (310 mi) at speeds up to 300 kmph (186 mph), during February 1991.