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In the papers today - 19 December

France's SNCF will attempt to raise the world speed record for a conventional train to at least 342mph in the New Year - smashing their own 16-year-old record. Tests with a new generation high-speed train à grande vitesse (TGV) will attempt to push the speed record for steel wheels on steel rails to at least 550kph, possibly even to 570kph - The Independent

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