What's the title, please? I'd like to download it, if possible.
also its quite err a channel 5 documentary. IE appeals to the lowest common denominator and trys to jazz it up with dramatic music and nail biting cliff hangers like: will the pantograph rise?
There you go
It's worth a watch, I'd say
Certainly not!It's not actually running at that speed in service.
There were quite a number of special arrangements put in place to achieve that record breaking run. Perhap you can help me to remember some of them?
I recall that :
The line voltage was increased significantly,
The wheel diamater was increased, significantly
The track was specially prepared,
The train ran 'wrong road' to minimise the radius of the tightest curves,
The line was otherwise closed to traffic,
There were no members of the public on board.
The other obvious ones were:
- AGV motors fitted to the centre bogies, but increased in power from their standard 750kW to 1000kW. Fed from a transformer mounted underneath a modified duplex R4.
- Regular motors on power cars were tweaked from 1250kW each to 1950kW each
- Pantograph air motor and aerofoils modified.
- Modified front spoiler fitted to both power cars.
- Leading power car pantograph well was covered over for aero reasons
- Wheelsets were slightly larger in diameter but also modifed beyond just that - they had weight relief designed into them to reduce the rotating mass.
- Overheads were pumped up from 25kV nominal to 29.5kV nominal (31kV max). Tension was upped by 6 or 7 kN too.
- Banks of computers fitted for engineers to monitor just about every vital system. Extra sensors and wiring.
So, no. Not a standard set, but an impressive piece of engineering nevertheless.
AGV motors are bogie mounted and have a built in final-drive unit that is part of the axle. TGV motors are body mounted and have a reductor gearbox (which is fixed to the motor), then a cardan shaft which is linked to the axle mounted final drive.
TGV motors (synchronous or asynchronous) are much larger and heavier than AGV motors and are too heavy to be bogie mounted. The AGV (being a multiple unit) can have smaller motors as there are more of them per train, but also, it uses permanent magnet motors which are smaller and lighter. Light enough to be mounted directly on the bogie, which precludes the need for another gearbox unit and the cardan shaft - all of which reduces the bogies mass.