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Old March 27th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #1001
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Nice to see such enthusiasm - however technically this is not a high speed train of the definition used on these boards as it is only designed 125 mph / 200 km/h work.
I think on pre-existing lines 200 km/h is actually considered HSR.

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Minimum Speed Limit: Minimum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) on lines specially built for high speed and of about 200 km/h (124 mph) on existing lines which have been specially upgraded. This must apply to at least one section of the line. Rolling stock must be able to reach a speed of at least 200 km/h (124 mph) to be considered high speed.
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From Railway Gazette

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RENFE poised to join Virgin’s HS2 franchise bid
11 Apr 2017





UK: Spanish national operator RENFE is understood to be the front runner to join the Virgin Rail Group joint venture of Stagecoach and Virgin Holdings to bid for the government’s upcoming West Coast Partnership franchise.

Currently Virgin (51%) and Stagecoach (49%) operate inter-city services under the Virgin Trains brand on the West Coast Main Line between London, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland, having done so since 1997 under a series of franchises and management contracts. Passenger-journeys have grown from approximately 15 million/year in 1997 to 36 million in 2015-16. Its direct award agreement is currently expected to end in April 2019

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