So what is this fantastical idea? We'll it's no fantasy - it's called 'hyperloop' technology, where passengers would essentially travel extremely fast in a pod inside a vacuum tube. It's so fast that it would get you from Limoges to Paris in around 25 minutes. In theory, speeds can reach up to 1,200 kph.

The idea behind the 'open-source' technology was that of Elon Musk, of Tesla, PayPal and much more recently SpaceX fame. One of the companies using this technology is TransPod from Canada, who are planning a 3km long test track in the Limousin.

The Bugle reported that the Sébastien Gendron, the company's CEO, recently visited Limoges and met with local officials, with the idea of opening the test track as early 2019. The ultimate goal is that TransPod build a Hyperloop between Toulouse and Paris, currently poorly served by the TGV train network...with the hope of travelling through Limoges.