9 things you might not know about the TGV as France’s high-speed train turns 40

9 things you might not know about the TGV as France’s high-speed train turns 40

France's high speed intercity train is celebrating its 40th birthday, so here are some more unusual facts about the much-loved TGV.

What are the rules on taking your bike on the train in France?
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What are the rules on taking your bike on the train in France?

Where in France can you travel on public transport for free?
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Where in France can you travel on public transport for free?

High-speed train line to connect Paris to Toulouse in 3 hours

High-speed train line to connect Paris to Toulouse in 3 hours

MAP: The proposed new routes for night trains in France

MAP: The proposed new routes for night trains in France

Trial to begin over Paris train attack that inspired movie

Trial to begin over Paris train attack that inspired movie

SNCF opens Christmas sales in France with fully reimbursable train tickets

SNCF opens Christmas sales in France with fully reimbursable train tickets

Train tickets in France to be sold in tabacs

Train tickets in France to be sold in tabacs

How to see the very best of Europe this summer
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‘There’s no air’: Passengers on Paris train trapped for six hours in tunnel

‘There’s no air’: Passengers on Paris train trapped for six hours in tunnel

French train passengers could buy their tickets at tobacconist

French train passengers could buy their tickets at tobacconist

Train carrying toxic material derails in south west France

Train carrying toxic material derails in south west France

Passengers in France can now buy train tickets via Facebook

Passengers in France can now buy train tickets via Facebook

What France’s high-speed TGV trains will look like in the future

What France’s high-speed TGV trains will look like in the future

French government refuses to budge on rail reform

French government refuses to budge on rail reform

French government vows not to back down against striking rail workers

French government vows not to back down against striking rail workers

In Pictures: Rail strikes lead to travel chaos across France

In Pictures: Rail strikes lead to travel chaos across France

‘They have to protect what they have’: French passengers react to crippling rail strikes

‘They have to protect what they have’: French passengers react to crippling rail strikes

Rail strikes: Passengers in France warned of major disruption after Easter

Rail strikes: Passengers in France warned of major disruption after Easter

French strikes: What can I do to avoid plane or train travel misery?

French strikes: What can I do to avoid plane or train travel misery?

Belgium charges two over 2015 Thalys train attack

Belgium charges two over 2015 Thalys train attack

Frenchwoman’s arms reattached after horror train accident

Frenchwoman’s arms reattached after horror train accident

Actor rehearsing lines in French TGV train toilet is mistaken for terrorist

Actor rehearsing lines in French TGV train toilet is mistaken for terrorist

Why is France bidding adieu to its famous TGV trains?

Why is France bidding adieu to its famous TGV trains?

French train leaves with baby after mum hops off for cigarette

French train leaves with baby after mum hops off for cigarette

Paris commuters to get ‘comfortable’ new RER trains (with air conditioning!)

Paris commuters to get ‘comfortable’ new RER trains (with air conditioning!)

French TGV passengers to be given refunds for ALL delays

French TGV passengers to be given refunds for ALL delays

And the worst Metro and train lines in Paris for delays are?

And the worst Metro and train lines in Paris for delays are?

Thousands spend night stuck on trains across France

Thousands spend night stuck on trains across France

Paris Metro takes on ‘air hostesses’ to promote safety

Paris Metro takes on ‘air hostesses’ to promote safety

Eight seriously injured in southern France train crash

Eight seriously injured in southern France train crash

Half of France’s night trains to see the end of the line

Half of France’s night trains to see the end of the line

French trains ARE still running despite the strikes

French trains ARE still running despite the strikes

Coming soon: Paris to Bordeaux in 2 hours by train

Coming soon: Paris to Bordeaux in 2 hours by train

Paris to roll out more CCTV on public transport

Paris to roll out more CCTV on public transport

France sees nearly 100 trains cancelled each day

France sees nearly 100 trains cancelled each day

So which is the least reliable train line in Paris?

So which is the least reliable train line in Paris?

This shows how bad fare-dodging in Paris really is

This shows how bad fare-dodging in Paris really is

Eurostar could launch direct ‘wine line’ to Bordeaux

Eurostar could launch direct ‘wine line’ to Bordeaux

Knife-wielder tries to force way through Eurostar security

Knife-wielder tries to force way through Eurostar security

Low-cost option launched for Paris-Brussels trains

Low-cost option launched for Paris-Brussels trains

Jihadists ‘could use homeless as cover to attack Paris Metro’

Jihadists ‘could use homeless as cover to attack Paris Metro’

Fatal French test train had children on board

Fatal French test train had children on board

Runaway French train travels 19km without brakes after hitting cow

Runaway French train travels 19km without brakes after hitting cow

Angry French rail users go on ‘no-ticket’ strike

Angry French rail users go on ‘no-ticket’ strike

Bag of stinky meat leads to French train scare

Bag of stinky meat leads to French train scare

French police clear train after ‘armed men joke’

French police clear train after ‘armed men joke’

Journo ‘tests’ French rail security with fake gun

Journo ‘tests’ French rail security with fake gun

Moroccan charged with French train attack

Moroccan charged with French train attack

Two men jailed after ‘Charlie Hebdo 2’ scare

Two men jailed after ‘Charlie Hebdo 2’ scare

French minister calls for tougher train security

French minister calls for tougher train security

Gunman ‘visited jihadist site’ before train attack

Gunman ‘visited jihadist site’ before train attack

Hollande thanks Obama for US heroes’ actions

Hollande thanks Obama for US heroes’ actions

Train gunman moved around Europe

Train gunman moved around Europe

Are Paris train stations really ‘world’s worst’?

Are Paris train stations really ‘world’s worst’?

Three dead after French train hits car

Three dead after French train hits car

Paris commuters face summer of travel trouble

Paris commuters face summer of travel trouble

Car crash paralyzes train traffic in France

Car crash paralyzes train traffic in France

New French trains ‘too high’ to get to Italy

New French trains ‘too high’ to get to Italy

French rail service among best in Europe

French rail service among best in Europe

Chinese tourists warned to stay off RER trains

Chinese tourists warned to stay off RER trains

SNCF increases fines for ticket dodgers

SNCF increases fines for ticket dodgers

Power failure leaves 500 stuck on French train

Power failure leaves 500 stuck on French train

French railway gears up to install Wi-Fi on trains

French railway gears up to install Wi-Fi on trains

New train line threatens vintage French wines

New train line threatens vintage French wines

French train travel rattled by ticket inspector strike

French train travel rattled by ticket inspector strike

Metro and Train strike set for Tuesday in France

Metro and Train strike set for Tuesday in France

French rail conductors test out Google Glass

French rail conductors test out Google Glass

Woman killed by TGV train as she chases dog

Woman killed by TGV train as she chases dog

Train kills Frenchman sleeping on rail tracks

Train kills Frenchman sleeping on rail tracks

‘Forget the strikes, I love the French rail system’

‘Forget the strikes, I love the French rail system’

‘We’re pissed off’: French anger grows over strike

‘We’re pissed off’: French anger grows over strike

Eurotunnel cuts prices to boost freight services

Eurotunnel cuts prices to boost freight services

Passenger sounds alarm in bid to change trains

Passenger sounds alarm in bid to change trains

Horror as train arrives with body stuck on front

Horror as train arrives with body stuck on front

SNCF faces ban in US over Holocaust role

SNCF faces ban in US over Holocaust role

French tourist kills self by jumping off US train

French tourist kills self by jumping off US train

Crash victims file murder charges against rail firm

Crash victims file murder charges against rail firm

Fare-dodgers cost French operators €400m a year

Fare-dodgers cost French operators €400m a year

French rail operator offers 500,000 €19 tickets to try and tempt passengers back

French rail operator offers 500,000 €19 tickets to try and tempt passengers back

Far-right slams SNCF for ‘unpatriotic’ US contract

Far-right slams SNCF for ‘unpatriotic’ US contract

Paris train delayed as driver takes wrong line

Paris train delayed as driver takes wrong line

Driver killed in Swiss train crash ‘was French’

Driver killed in Swiss train crash ‘was French’

Crash victim family files ‘manslaughter complaint’

Crash victim family files ‘manslaughter complaint’

Hunt for clues begins as French rail crash kills six

Hunt for clues begins as French rail crash kills six

New app helps Parisians avoid rush hour crush

New app helps Parisians avoid rush hour crush

SNCF strike disrupts morning Paris rush-hour

SNCF strike disrupts morning Paris rush-hour

TGV train makes special stop for lost tourist

TGV train makes special stop for lost tourist

Safety fears after gang storm Paris train

Safety fears after gang storm Paris train

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Rescued train swan gets new life at Versailles

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Hollande and Monti clinch contested rail deal

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Lyon-Turin rail line opponents arrested

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Sword-wielding man takes hostage on train

Shock as dead body hits passenger

Shock as dead body hits passenger

Snake on the loose on high speed train

Snake on the loose on high speed train

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Train delays cost me my job says lawyer

TGV stopped by hairdryer on the line

TGV stopped by hairdryer on the line

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Runaway children cross France to see granny

EU ministers to talk train security at Paris meet

EU ministers to talk train security at Paris meet