Note: Check out the music but be sure to experience the TGV as it reaches top speed of 357 mph. It’s the last video below…and it’s breathtaking!
I recently came back from a vacation in France. Taking the SNCF (Sociéte Nationale des Chemins de Fer / National Society of French Railroads), as the trains were originally called, I rode the TGV (Train de Grand Vitesse / High Speed Train) from Paris to Bordeaux.
I heard this on the train:
Now a couple of musicians have taken this jingle and riffed on it. This is the SNCF extended jingle by French composer Michaël Boumendil:
David Gilmour, guitarist of Pink Floyd fame, created his own song about the French train, called “Rattle that Lock”:
Finally, here is a breathtaking ride on the TGV at toute vitesse — full speed 574 km/h or 357 mph. The ride is so smooth that the camera mounted near the wheels doesn’t even shake…which I find totally amazing. Music by Revelation; the song is “Angels and Agony”: