The A1's were once clocked at a one-time high of 173 MPH in pure testing mode (i.e. overnight when tracks are empty and no crews were out, because it's cheating against the signal system). I would imagine the Aveilas have done similar in their signal-override tests tests, whether there was somebody standing on a platform with a radar gun to witness it or no.So this is even faster then the planned 160 mph? They would have had to reach 170 mph testing to do this right? I thought they only got it up to 166.8 mph.
Doesn't really matter for revenue service. The cab signals cap it at 165 in the top speed zone and assess a braking penalty if the limit's exceeded. 165 will be the observed speed limit for the new equipment, not 160. They've already done dozens of qualifying reps at that speed.