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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 9 (April 1, 1931)

High Train Speed

High Train Speed.

According to a writer in the London Times the Great Western Railways “Cheltenham Flyer,” which is probably the world's fastest train, being booked to run the 77.3 miles from Swindon to Paddington in 70 minutes, start to stop, recently covered the distance in 65½ minutes. This fine achievement brought the average speed, start to stop from 66 to 71 miles an hour. Fifty consecutive miles were run at an average speed of 78 miles an hour, while a speed of 82 miles an hour was maintained for several miles near Didcot.

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