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Trains: 2 Centuries of Innovation

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1x52'

HD

Photo: Cyrille Massey

Nearly 200 years ago, the train revolutionized our lives. It redrew the map of the land, changed our concepts of distance and time like no other invention before it. What visionaries imagined the development of the railroad? How did we get from the first chugging locomotives to the smooth giants of speed we see today? How does France’s extensive rail network keep running smoothly, 24/7? Today, 15,000 trains carrying over 4 million passengers travel around France each day, and 2 billion people come through one of its 3000 train stations every year.

With fossil fuels rapidly depleting, the train¾economical, speedy, and safe¾remains the transport of the future. But what will the trains of tomorrow look like? Will they be able to cross France in 30 minutes, as some believe? Travel through the fascinating history --and future--of the French railroad.

Factual > Science & Technology

Theme(s):
Science & Technology
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
Galaxie Presse / RMC Découverte
Director(s):
Cyrille Massey & Sigrid Clément
Year:
2017
Versions:
English / French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
French-speaking territories / Worldwide

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