I took the picture on the right a couple of weeks ago on the return leg of a visit to CERN, just outside of Geneva. 296 kilometers per hour is about 184 mph.
The fast trains here are called TGVs. One of my big disappointments here, however, was when I finally found out what TGV stood for. Technologically Great Vision? Totally Groovy Vehicle? Nope. “Train a Grande Vitesse” — basically, “High Speed Train”. Yawn.