A WORLD FIRST: AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSED AT 300 KM/H

The article reports on the latest progress and plans for the TGV high-speed rail project in Belgium. On 23 May 1996, the TGV Thalys train from Brussels to Paris became the first train to cross the Belgian-French border officially at a speed of at least 300kph. TGV train sets have been running between Brussels and Paris since the end of 1994. However, the first section of high-speed line, which is 15km long and crosses the border, was only recently completed. The following further stages in the commissioning of TGV lines in Belgium are planned: (1) the line between Brussels and Lille in 1998; (2) the high-speed line between Brussels and Liege in 2002; and (3) the whole Belgian TGV network in 2005. In 2005, the Thalys trains between Brussels and Paris, Amsterdam, and Cologne will run at 300kph on the new lines and at 200-220kph on some upgraded sections of old lines. Belgian Railways (SNCB) in general has begun a process of radical restructuring.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • SCHOUPPE, E
  • Publication Date: 1996

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00729336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM