The Eurostar is the longest TGV type (393,7 meter) And operates on the LGV Nord Europe. There ara two main servises and like the Thalys network there are special services to Euro Disney (Marne-la-Vallee-Chessy TGV) and the French Alps. The Eurostar came into service in the year 1994 with the completion of the Channel Tunnel. On the TGV network the train operates at 300 km/h. Inside the tunnel the maximum speed lays around the 160 km/h. Only Great Brittan is the real bottleneck in the system. Speeds are low and delays are not unusual. BUT in November this year the first part of the CTRL (Channel Tunnel Rail Link) will come into service. This allows the Eurostar to travel at 300 km/h (186 miles per hour) from The tunnel portal to the Gravessend (330 on the map) on 2/3 of the line. The second part of the CTRL will come into service summer 2007.
Below you can see the CTRL route map
Did you know
> The trains are about 800 tons in weight and carry 797 people
> A new world speed record on rail with the Eurostar (without passenger cars) will be more then the TGV record of 515.3 km/h.
> The electric motors produce more power then 20 Ferrari F1 cars.
> Eurostar needs more then 3500 meter to stop when it's traveling at 300 km/h. ( eight times its own length)
> A emergency brake is producing enough power to boil 8.000 liters of water.
> the total fleet combined travels more then 200 times around the world in one year.
> A Eurostar trainset costs more then £23 million.
A Eurostar at Brussels south waiting for departure to London.
One of the four Eurostars for the North of London services leased by Great North Eastern Railways (GNER) at London kings Cross platform 1, waiting for departure to Leeds. GNER has given their two Black Eurostars names like: "Yorkshire forward" and "White Rose".