Alstom and SNCF Unveil TGV M High-Speed Train

The TGV M has been unveiled at Alstom’s La Rochelle site in France.

The future TGV train was unveiled by Christophe Fanichet, Chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs; Alain Krakovitch, Director of TGV-Intercités; Xavier Ouin, Industrial Director of SNCF Voyageurs; and Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France on 9 September after an operation that brought together the power cars and the passenger cars.

The TGV M will operate on France’s national network from 2024 following SNCF Voyageurs’s order for 100 units in 2018 and an additional 15 units in 2022.

All the new features of the TGV M have been designed with and for future users

The new Avelia Horizon trains offer a 20 percent increase in on-board space, with a possibility for up to 740 seats compared to the current maximum of 634.

Alstom makes the claim that the model’s carbon footprint per passenger is the lowest on the market.

In addition, each train is equipped with sensors that continuously transit data to enable the train to be examined in real time, thus optimising maintenance and availability.

Following this milestone, the units will commence dynamic testing at 200 kilometres per hour in Velim, Czech Republic later this year.

A detailed analysis is also underway on the compatibility of the TGV M with the network. This involves ensuring the new train is properly registered at all stations and will identify any necessary adaption work.

For example, the surveys already completed at nearly 70 stations demonstrate the need to move stop signs to make it easier for drivers to see the signals. This is because the nose of the new TGV has been lengthened to make it more aerodynamic.

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