Made in the United States, it was well imagined in France, by a French group: Alstom. The future high-speed train to link Boston and Washington from 2021, presented as what should be the very first TGV on the American continent, is taking shape, as recalled by Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Tuesday morning on Europe 1. The American railway company Amtrak has ordered 28 trains of these trains, dubbed "Avelia Liberty", for the East Coast of the United States. On Monday, the first train left Hornell, New York, for the Pueblo, Colorado test center for nine months of testing. Europe 1 reveals the latest images of the future train, taken on Monday.
The tests that will take place in Pueblo will focus on the pantograph (which allows the train to capture electricity), rail dynamics, tilt, traction, protection against slipping and skidding, brakes and train control management, says Alstom. "Once the tests are completed, the train will return to Hornell for the installation of its interiors," continues the group, contacted by Europe 1.
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These new generation trains will connect Boston and Washington, the federal capital, via New York and Philadelphia, covering a distance of 730 kilometers. The new train should eventually run up to 300 km / h. We are still far from the record of 574 km / h beaten in 2007 in the East of France, and even from the average speed of 320 km / h recorded in France.
But it is still an additional step for the United States, where the fastest train, the one currently running between Washington and Boston, is struggling to reach 240 km / h today, and only 55 kilometers.
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For the time being, the United States, where cars and planes are kings, does not yet have a high-speed line. California, which was to have a line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, had abandoned the project a year ago. Another project is envisaged in Texas, between Houston and Dallas, but the too high cost for the hour of the project slows its realization.