A must in the French landscape.

Inaugurated in September 1981, the High Speed ​​Train (TGV, therefore) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The SNCF and the government also wanted to mark the occasion through various events.

But however well-known, is the TGV still the benchmark on the rails?

Is it still one of the fastest trains in the world?

Answer: yes and no.

Admittedly, the TGV still keeps the absolute speed record on rails, with a peak recorded at 575 km / h in 2007. But the Japanese Maglev - a new generation magnetic levitation train - reached 603 km / h in 2015.

Note, however, that it should not be put into service until 2027. Ditto for a Chinese Maglev in preparation, also for 2027: it could reach, hope its designers, 800 km / h.

What about commercial speed?

Here again, the Japanese Maglev will win the day, with 505 km / h authorized.

That is to say in front of the 350 km / h of the Chinese Fuxing and the 320 km / h of the TGV and the Shinkansen (Japanese, again).

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