French Railways offer a new record-breaking train service on the Paris-Nice daily, and this is how the B.
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Background: French Railways offer a new record-breaking train service on the Paris-Nice daily, and this is how the B.B.C. told the story of France's fastest train - the "Mistral" express.
It covers the 680-mile journey in 10 1/2 hours. On the route from Paris to Lyons - electrified line - the train is reported to have achieved a world record by covering the 320 miles in 4 hours - an average speed of 80 miles per hour. On the Paris-Marseilles route the average speed is not so high as the track is not electrified.
"Mistral" leaves Paris just after 1 p.m. and arrives at Nice before midnight. On the return trip next day, it leaves the Mediterranean resort at noon and reaches Paris before 11 p.m.
A gentle circulation air constantly wafts through the compartments of "Mistral" which, combining speed and luxury, has a Pullman car, a bar, and beautifully appointed first-class coaches.