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This photo was taken through a window on the TGV (Train à Grand Vitesse / High Speed Train) on a trip between Paris and Frankfurt, less than two weeks ago. This picture was taken exactly here, passing the motorway A 31, Autoroute Lorraine-Bourgogne.

The train departed from Gare de l´Est in Paris at 09:10, on time. This picture was taken 70 minutes later. The speed of the train at this moment was around 318 km/h, equal to 88 m/sec.

The train runs along the LGV Est (Ligne à Grande Vitesse) which currently connects Vaires-sur-Marne (near Paris) and Baudrecourt (near Metz and Nancy, another 7 minutes away from here). This part opened on June 10, 2007. In 2016 Vaires-sur-Marne will be connected with Vendenheim (near Strasbourg). 106 km is still under construction, while 300 km is in service.

After Baudrecourt we followed “ordinary” tracks to Germany, making the first stop, since Paris, in Saarbrücken. We arrived (on time) to Frankfurt(Main) Hauptbahnhof at 12:58.

The photo was taken with an exposure time of 0/636 seconds so the train moved about 14 centimeters while the picture was exposed.

If you notice some “grain” in the picture, please blame the window cleaners…

There are some other pictures as workshops but it is difficult to say exactly where those were taken.

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