While there's a lot of discussion about the eco-effect of airline travel, it's interesting to watch the stirrings of the return of the railways. Trains seem to be getting bigger and faster. The BBC reports that a French high-speed double-decker train has smashed the world record for a train on rails by reaching 574.8km/h (356mph). The record attempt was staged on a stretch of track between Paris and the eastern city of Strasbourg.
The company that makes the trains, TGV, ran the record attempt to test the trains which will be sold to countries like China, South Korea and Taiwan.