The AGV

France already has a fleet, and series, of High Speed trains that would (and probably does) make most countries jealous. The TGV already has a market penetration that makes it a successful unit, and it goes double-decker for those routes that are just getting more and more popular. Added to this the fact that the latest domestic units are getting a designer makeover by Lacroix we are talking about one fabulous network that quite rightly injects some seriously needed national pride.

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Now they are introducing the Automotrice à Grande Vitesse (AGV), the next generation units. Its already sold 25 units to Italy who will be running then from around 2011. The units run using a drive system that runs along the whole length of the train – rather like the German ICE3 – and should have an operating speed of 360km/h.

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