New TGV heads to Czech Republic for testing

New TGV M Avelia Horizon. Credit: AlstomNew TGV M Avelia Horizon. Credit: Alstom

The high-speed train will stay in the country for several months.

For the second time this year, a TGV high-speed train is coming to the Czech Republic. A brand new TGV M named Avelia Horizon, which will carry passengers in France from 2024, is on its way to the railway test track in Velim/Cerhenice. The test track is operated by the Railway Research Institute (VUZ), a company owned by České dráhy.

ČD Cargo is responsible for transportation on Czech territory. The train is scheduled to arrive in the Czech Republic from Austria, crossing the border at Rybník on Friday evening and continuing to Kolín via České Budějovice and Prague on Saturday.

The unit is expected to remain at Velim for several months, mainly for running gear and driving tests. Trains on the test track can travel at speeds of up to 230 km/h. The test track is not open to the public, but railway fans often watch the new vehicles along the tracks. Alstom has tested its high-speed trains at Velim in the past, such as the AGV high-speed trains for Italian rail company Italo in 2008.


Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková

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