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British rail speed records were shattered last week when a Eurostar train reached 334.7km/h on the newly completed Section 1 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ashford and Fawkham junction in Kent. But the record-breaking speed was not achieved in the North Downs tunnel, where experts had predicted a slope of 1 in 40 would aid acceleration. Instead, the train hit top speed in the Nashenden Valley, east of the Medway Crossing. The previous British rail speed record was held by the ...

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