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Mission Impossible - Tgv Without Electricity
In the helicopter scene there are no electrical cables above the TGV. TGV is an electrical train and definitely cannot run without current, but the cables would make approaching the train very difficult indeed.
Also when the train enters the Channel Tunnel, it is running on a double railtrack. Another train passes in the opposite direction. The Channel Tunnel has two separate tunnels, one for each direction.
OK, I'm a bit of a train freak...
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Contributed By: Gert on 12-27-1999 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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wittyditty writes:
It's not the TGV but the Eurostar-there is no way a TGV could run in the UK.
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Stewart writes:
True, the tunnel is not mentioned by name, but the news reporter does say the train was travelling from London to Paris- How many under-sea tunnels are there on that route? Also, Trains are not allowed to travel at that speed on the English side of the Chunnel- They have to keep to 60 mph or less.
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Dolmen writes:
Susanna and Flannelman are wrong. The real Eurostar (the official name of the train that goes from Paris to London under the Channel) uses catenary to get electricity as well as the TGV and most electric trains in France. The Eurostar didn't had (and still doesn't) the same colors as the TGV Atlantique used in the movie. The official web site of Eurostar is I don't know if the Channel tunnel is wide enough for an helicopter.
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Bad Boy writes:
I don't think it was the Channel Tunnel in the film. There is no reference to it by name ('Max' said she wanted the transmission done before entering "the" tunnel, on the news it said a freak accident had occured when a helicopter entered "a" tunnel). Spot on with the electrical cables though !!
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Aidan writes:
The Channel Tunnel is referred to by name in the film. Max says something like 'I want this sorted out before we hit the Chunnel'
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Susanna writes:
No overhead lines... Do you not think that maybe just maybe, being a modern train, it could just be getting electricity from the 3rd rail!!!!! Also Trains are allowed to trvel in the region of 125mph not just 60mph...
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Flannelman writes:
Susanna is right, you don't have to have overhead cables to get electricity to a train, it can get electricity from underneath the train, although it's not neccisarily a third rail.
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dizzy devil writes:
Also, the TGV is a french train, train de grand vitesse (train of high speed) and does not actually run in England anyway
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Bart writes:
On the guy's passport it says "TGV". And they wouldn't talk about one train and get on a different one.
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