The French National Railways (S.N.F.C.) yesterday (Wednesday) had a special inaugural run of their new?
The French National Railways (S.N.F.C.) yesterday (Wednesday) had a special inaugural run of their new 120-mile-an-hour (200-kilometre p.h. luxury train on the Paris to Bordeaux route. Called The "Etendard" (Standard), the new turbo-trains go into regular service on Sunday, May 31st.
Although at present the trains can reach the 120-mile (200-kilometre) speed on certain parts of the route, there are other sections which are not yet ready for this speed to be attained. However, it is expected that by 1973 the total route will be equipped for the top speeds - reducing the total Paris-Bordeaux run by half an hour on the present time of 4 1/4 hours, and 2 hours 10 minutes less than the 1950 time on the 362-mile (580-kilometre) track.
Billed as "automobiles of great comfort" because of their saloon-type seating, suspension and full air conditioning, the trains are expected to be safer and more punctual.
In the next three years, similar trains are also expected to go into service on the routes between Lyon and Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux and Strasbourg.