Sky News Eurostar UK Speed Record 208 MPH

July 2003 UK rail speed record Eurostar 208 mph/334 kph.
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NeoDerGrose November 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

@LMB222 To call it a failure is a bit hard. If time matters there are many
lines where you can save time. And the comfort is much higher than for
example at the TGV. But you’re right, the ICE isn’t perfect and we need to
reconfigure the network to concentrate at the mainlines and highspeed
routes. The rest should be served by a better IC network.

Paul7FR November 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

There is little point of all this on a little island in the North Sea. When
everybody could remain at home dealing commodities that come no where

Andrew Hinds November 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

What a fucking stupid comment to make, of course it was the driver who made
the record breaking run, and why should he have any sweat on his brow? He
drives trains like this every day, it’s his profession and so being nervous
shouldn’t come into it. What next eh, the first man on the moon /in space
wasn’t Neil Armstrong/Yuri Gagarin but the people who built the rockets?

bonniedog November 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

@stepheng1483 We are google” high speed one”

Elton 's songs November 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

no! 357mph ok it is fantastic

Paul7FR November 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

I ve gone faster on the M6 !

David Bapty November 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

should have high speed line to Scotland like this!

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

@NeoDerGrose Yes, perhaps not a “failure”, but IMHO “didn’t grow to
expectations”. As for the TGV, the standing places near the toilettes are
quite famous for their comfort.

Herbert Hall November 13, 2014 at 1:50 am


Mike Jackson November 13, 2014 at 2:40 am

It’s not a safety issue but a gauging issue. The Euro and UK gauges (not
track gauges) but clearances are different. That is why the ICE had to do a
slow speed run on test, and the TGV also did a slower run, but both were
only trials. Don’t expect to see a TGV on the run, but the DB ICE most
certainly will

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 3:30 am

@suncoolclose please bear in mind that I was talking about “average trade
speed”, speed between station A and B, not average or max speed between
stops, which is indeed not that bad. What spoils the average are those
damned villages where the train absolutely must stop. As for commuter
trains, German ones are quite good. 130km/h between stops is nothing

Paul7FR November 13, 2014 at 3:52 am

They are a much larger country where speed matters more… Trains only
matter when you make things…

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 4:21 am

334km/h? Isn’t that “a bit” below the standard speed of modern TGV-like
trains sold to Korea or Spain?

MontytheHorse November 13, 2014 at 5:16 am

@achtungtony The TGV doesn’t meet UK safety standards, which is why the
Eurostar exists in the first place rather than just allowing TGVs to travel
through the tunnel.

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 5:33 am

@NeoDerGrose Fortunately no longer Ludwigshafen, but in Rheinland you have
still stops between Köln and Düsseldorf, a mere 25km, or better Duisburg,
8km. I’ve completely switched to IC due to similar speed (200km/h where
possible), and their much bigger comfort. ICE is crammed, with little leg
room. For me, ICE is clearly a failure.

MrEiriku November 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

@LMB222 ojoihiubojohiub

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 6:42 am

@suncoolclose Yes, they do 300km on… two sections. Do two sections
consitute a network? Do fast trains in the UK don’t stop in towns 8km
apart? In Germany I’ve been on “fast” ICE’s, which stopped in Duisburg and
Oberhausen, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, and their average speed was barely
higher than 100km/h. In case of ICE, it’s a load of marketing BS, unless
you travel between Köln and Frankfurt, or north of Münich. Not an example
to copy, I reckon.

daniel smith November 13, 2014 at 7:12 am

No, 125MPH limit is on the West Coast mainline

komachi275 November 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

But, Class 373 was made by GEC ALSTHOM, GEC is an Britain company.

Hampuppy999 November 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

god dam it, why cant FGW have some of them

LMB222 November 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

But then German ICE trains don’t even reach 300km/h.

Charlie Crawford November 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

@Andyhinds I agree. If he’s still nervous then he probably isn’t right for
that job, let’s be honest.

applesweeter November 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

Does it as good as taking aeroplane?

RMLectronics East Yorks November 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

Interesting that the ‘driver’ didn’t have an ounce of sweat on his brow!
Did he really make the recording breaking run, or was it the people who
provide the electricity and the engineers who build the motive power? –
Sadly they never get a mention!

Clayton McDonough November 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

The APT was a beautiful train ! Too bad it didn’t work out.

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