- Double traction: Coupling bars are included with each model, which makes a double traction possible. In the double traction, for better handling, train 1 is to swap cars M1 and M2 (both motorized heads coupled together). On the boards of these two motorized heads can be switched off by plugging an enclosed plug into the interface, the light between the trains.
- excellent handling characteristics due to 5-pol. Engine with two flywheels and traction tires
- 6-pin. Interfaces NEM 651 in the power cars
The TGV Réseau can be recognized by the 8 instead of 10 intermediate cars, due to the short platforms in the Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord in Paris. Technically, the second generation TGV is further developed. The top speed of 300 km / h must be maintained on slopes of 35 per thousand, which is why in the power cars new, larger traction motors are used, which do not heat up so fast. Likewise, the transformers are designed for a larger power supply. The braking system can now absorb more energy than older generations to allow shorter braking distances. The extended version of the French train control system TVM 430 replaces the predecessor TVM 300. Thus, it is possible to drive every 3 minutes at 300 km / h.
Of the 80 Réseau trains, 30 are suitable for service to Belgium, that is, the sets with the train numbers 4501 to 4530 can handle the Belgian power and signal system. Six of these 30 three-system TGV-R trains (train numbers 4501-4506) also understand the Italian signal system R54. Your field of application is the route "Paris? Lyon? Torino? Milano". The other 50 trains with the numbers 501 - 550 are intended for intra-French traffic, which is why they are designed for only two power systems. All 80 TGVs are painted silver / blue and are not to be confused with the red Thalys PBA trains! As the name "Réseau" (= network) indicates, all TGV trains of this generation can operate on the entire TGV network. In doing so, they sometimes have to cover extremely long distances. For example, there was a Thalys connection from Brussels to Nice. The ride took a total of 8 hours 14 minutes. For five and a half hours, the top speed was 300 km / h, which was interrupted only by short stops at the stations.