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Bordeaux, March 2016.

The train was quite ordinary, its gray dress on the ten cars reflecting sunlight. Yet, this train is not like the others: on the locomotive, a faded sticker draws the eye of the traveler. It was 25 years ago, on the same line, this locomotive was running much faster, a then unprecedented performance, resulting in a true celebration. The name of the then minister is long forgotten and most of railwaymen are now retired, but the locomotive is still there. Because of the constant traveling at 300kph, the blue sticker is probably regularly changed, but the signs it carries assure the permanence of the moving vehicle. Far from planned obsolescence, this locomotive now advances more slowly but sustainably.