Friday, August 29, 2014

New Trains Too Wide in France

Here's a funny one. Apparently the French national train operator SNCF and France's train operator, RFF, don't communicate very well.

SNCF discovered in May that 2,000 new trains it had ordered were built about 7.5 inches wider than the older trains, making them too wide for some stations. The station dimensions were given to SNCF by RFF, which had neglected to measure stations built more than 50 years ago.

RFF is now spending about $68 million to adjust the stations so the new trains will be fit.

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