Measure Twice, Cut Once

SNCF, the French railroad, spent $20 billion on 2,000 new trains. There’s just one little problem: they’re too big to fit into the stations they’re supposed to serve. They’re just a leetle too wide:

The costly mistake has sparked an urgent €50m operation to modify 1,300 platforms on the regional network. SNCF has admitted that one in six regional train stations is affected. In the worst cases it has discovered two trains can no longer pass each other on adjacent lines.

It seems there was a bit of miscommunication, and and the engineers kind of forgot to check the measurements on the ground before management placed the orders. But the new trains sure look spiffy. Where do these guys think they are – in Portland?


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6 Responses to Measure Twice, Cut Once

  1. Ian Random says:

    I’m sure it will help employ the extra maintenance folks.

    • maxredlines says:

      They likely need all of those maintenance folks because of their short work days, short work weeks, and extensive holiday/vacation package.

  2. James says:

    Trains would seem to have a weird debilitating effect on rational decision making.

  3. T D Williams says:

    And apparently no heads will roll. Just another day in government with the French. (Well, after Benghazi, IRS targeting, Obamacare rollout and VA deaths–another day in generic progressive government.)

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