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Thu May 22, 2014, 07:51 AM

Oops.. (French trains are too fat)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27502184

Two thousand new French trains 'too fat for railway'

21 May 2014 Last updated at 10:57 BST

The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros ($20.5bn; 12.1bn) are too wide for many regional platforms.

The blunder has so far cost the rail operator over 50m euros ($68.4m; 40.6m).

Construction work has begun on widening hundreds of platforms.

Christian Fraser in Paris says it is "an embarrassing situation".

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Reply Oops.. (French trains are too fat) (Original post)
SoCalDem May 2014 OP
shenmue May 2014 #1
Laelth May 2014 #2
Octafish May 2014 #3
chrisa May 2014 #4
MADem May 2014 #5
struggle4progress May 2014 #6
surrealAmerican May 2014 #7
TexasProgresive May 2014 #8
IronLionZion May 2014 #9
MrScorpio May 2014 #10
11 Bravo May 2014 #11

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 07:52 AM

1. Send them to the gym

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 07:56 AM

2. Yikes! That's a serious error.

Some heads will have to roll as a result of this blunder. That's a colossal waste of resources.

-Laelth

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 08:02 AM

3. Reminds me of the time they built a nuclear plant with a backwards blueprint.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 08:04 AM

4. If I lived in France, my caboose would be oversized too.

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Response to chrisa (Reply #4)

Thu May 22, 2014, 08:22 AM

5. The food is superb but the portions are not over-large, and people walk a lot. nt

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Response to chrisa (Reply #4)

Thu May 22, 2014, 08:25 AM

6. Say "cheese"!

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 08:57 AM

7. Surely, if the trains are too wide ...

... you would need to narrow, not widen, the platforms.

... or did they mean too long?

I feel like I need pictures for this one.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #7)

Thu May 22, 2014, 09:13 AM

8. Picky, picky you think words ought to mean what they mean?

Me too. I caught that and was wondering the same thing.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #7)

Thu May 22, 2014, 12:15 PM

9. I'm sure that's what they meant

there's a video in the link

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 12:20 PM

10. How do you say, "D'Oh!" in French? nt

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Thu May 22, 2014, 12:32 PM

11. "Do these platforms make my caboose look fat?"

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