On The Fast Track: French Railway Modernization And The Origins Of The Tgv, 1944-1983

Hardcover | October 1, 2001

byJacob Meunier

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For much of the postwar era, French society had a contradictory view of passenger trains, scorning them as quaint anachronisms on the one hand, yet also fearing their economic and social impact. All this changed with the introduction of the famed Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) between Paris and Lyon in the early 1980s. In vivid detail, Meunier describes the political, economic, and social factors that both helped and hindered the development of the world's fastest, most technologically advanced train. The present-day enthusiasm in France for high-speed rail travel dates only to the successful launch of the now-famous TGV in 1981. Until now, most published accounts of French high-speed rail have been of a technical nature and have ignored or minimized the historical, political, economic, and social context. Historians have been left with detailed descriptions of locomotives and experimental test runs, but there has been scant information cercerning why the machines were built and why the tests were carried out in the first place. This book is the first full-length treatment of high-speed rail travel and the bibliography is one of the most complete on the subject.

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For much of the postwar era, French society had a contradictory view of passenger trains, scorning them as quaint anachronisms on the one hand, yet also fearing their economic and social impact. All this changed with the introduction of the famed Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) between Paris and Lyon in the early 1980s. In vivid detail, M...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.48 × 6.24 × 1.03 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275973778

ISBN - 13:9780275973773

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?Other histories have described the building of the system from engineering standpoint or as occuring largely in a political and social vacuum. In this important book, Jacob Meunier seeks to set the record straight and provide a complete picture of the political controversies and technical contingencies that surrounds the french drive toward high-speed rail....Meunier succeeds admirably at his task.?-RailRoad History