TGV represents the trains of the future

(CNN) — Welcome to the future of European high-speed rail travel.

French rail company SNCF and train manufacturer Alstom have unveiled the first completed TGV M, a future high-speed double-decker train that features a longer and more streamlined nose – perfect for the ride. visiting France.

Alstom called the new train “the TGV of the future.” TGV stands for Train à Grand Vitesse, which means high-speed train.

This new design will be launched first on the Paris railway network in 2024 and across the country in the next 10 years.

Big and good

TGV is one of the world’s most popular high-speed trains and has been a staple of European rail travel since the 1980s.

In 2018, SNCF, the state-owned French railway company that operates TGV, ordered 100 TGV M trains (known as Avelia Horizon trains) at a cost of 2.7 billion euros (about $2.7 billion). An additional 15 trains have been ordered by August 2022.

Most of the trains will run within France, but Alstom said 15 will run trains internationally.

TGV M will run at the same top speed as the first generation of TGV trains — 350 kilometers per hour (nearly 220 mph).

“In 2022, we don’t want to go too fast,” Alstom spokesman Philippe Molitor told CNN Travel, explaining that the goal is high-speed buses that accommodate more people with energy depletion.
The new TGV M train, unveiled at Alstom's plant in La Rochelle, western France, is set to be the next generation of European high-speed rail travel.

The new TGV M train, unveiled at Alstom’s plant in La Rochelle, western France, is set to be the next generation of European high-speed rail travel.

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The TGV M trains did not have a 40.5 cm (15.9 in) longer nose than their predecessors, they were larger all around. The parking garages can accommodate up to 740 seats, compared to the current capacity of 634.

TGV Ms also has what manufacturer Alstom calls “unprecedented modularity,” which means that the interior configuration of the train can be easily adjusted. The car can be converted from second class to first class and back again, or it can be converted into a space for large luggage or cars. Passenger areas will also be dedicated to provide flexibility and convenience on long journeys.

According to Alstom, the design improves the current TGV’s energy efficiency and carbon footprint, with 97% of the train’s components being renewable.

Improved accessibility is touted — there will be a lift platform to allow wheelchair users to board the train independently, and an on-board audio system to assist passengers watch out.

Larger windows are a feature as the TGV’s light changes depending on the natural light outside.

In a statement, Alstom describes a “train system whose sensors continuously transmit thousands of data so that the train can be monitored in real time from any angle to improve maintenance and the gain.”

From design to reality

The new TGV M will require some changes to the French railway system – for example, some stop signs will have to be removed so that they are not covered by the long nose of the new train.

Train drivers were actively involved in the design process, including the interior of the train, Alstom said.

“Using virtual reality glasses, a hundred drivers were given a virtual tour of the car, with a choice of three room layouts,” the company said.

With the opening of the train already completed, the next step is what Alstom describes as “a long period of testing” – the first test operation in the Czech Republic will begin at the end of 2022.

By Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

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