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if it's in kms?............yikes all aboard the fail train
why is a train that goes 250km/h a fail train?
yeah i'm well aware that there are trains that go over 500km/h but still... 250km/h is still a pretty decent speed for getting from point A-B uninterrupted.
The record runs took place on a 140 km section of track 1 on the LGV Est, usually heading west, between kilometer posts 264 (town of Prény) and 120 (near the Champagne-Ardenne TGV station). This section of the LGV was chosen for its vertical profile and gentle curves, with favorable downhill segments leading to the highest speeds between kilometer posts 195 and 191, near the border between the Meuse and Marne departments. The track superelevation was increased to support higher speeds...Several measurement stations were installed along the test tracks to monitor stresses in the track and ballast, noise, aerodynamic effects, and catenary dynamics. Between kilometer posts 223 and 167, where speeds exceeded 500 km/h, the track was under close surveillance.
Of course the Sapsan is going to be slower. After all it's running on the same track that was used by other high speed overnight trains like the Krasnaya Strela. Still, with the trip time of around 3 hours from Moscow to St. Petersburg it's nothing to sneeze at.
Russia needs this badly.. with moscow's population of 10mil, and st. petersburg's 5 mil, I can see this becoming one of the most heavily used corridors in the world.