High-Speed Train Ride
Full cab ride with a TGV Thalys.
Route: Amsterdam Central Station => Brussels South/Midi station
Duration: 1 hr. 49 min. 34 sec.
Video by: Steve Maksimovic
TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, “high-speed train”) is France’s high-speed rail service, operated by SNCF, the national rail operator. It was developed in the 1970s by GEC-Alsthom and SNCF. Originally designed as turbotrains to be powered by gas turbines, the prototypes evolved into electric trains with the 1973 oil crisis. Following the inaugural service between Paris and Lyon in 1981 on the LGV Sud-Est (“LGV”) (Ligne à Grande Vitesse, high-speed line), the network, centred on Paris, has expanded to connect main cities across France and in adjacent countries on combinations of high-speed and conventional lines.