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French rail company orders 2,000 trains too wide for platforms
Reuters ^ | 5-20-14 | Gerard Bon and Elizabeth Pineau,

Posted on 05/20/2014 6:44:29 PM PDT by dynachrome

France's national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs.

A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly Canard Enchaine in its Wednesday edition.

"We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score," Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; highspeedrail; highspeedtrains; oops; trains
oops.
1 posted on 05/20/2014 6:44:29 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Just raise taxes-problem solved.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 6:45:56 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: dynachrome

I blame the metric system.


3 posted on 05/20/2014 6:46:55 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: dynachrome

Made by the same company that made the rifles during WW2?


4 posted on 05/20/2014 6:48:40 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: dynachrome
we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score," Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio.

And we get to keep our jobs and you get to pay for the repairs!

5 posted on 05/20/2014 6:49:44 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Fungi

They have a pretty good rail system. Its only about a trillion dollars in debt.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 6:50:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dynachrome
Well Folks... We WIll Be Coming To The Aid of our Friends those French People"...B.o. May 21....2014


7 posted on 05/20/2014 6:51:36 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: GeronL

Willie Green Memorial Ping.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 6:54:50 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 6:57:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dynachrome

A single tear rolls down my cheek for the poor Frogs.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: dynachrome

Didn’t they do something similar with an aircraft carrier? I think the length was too short for the planes to land on or take off from.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:04 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016.)
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To: dynachrome

Hey, cut the French some slack. They are pre-occupied with their summer vacations. And the Tour de France starts in a few weeks.


12 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:13 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: dynachrome

Simply mount shoe horns on trains! LOL!


13 posted on 05/20/2014 7:04:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: dynachrome

I wonder if they bought the trains from Bombardier. That used to be a cluster right there.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 7:08:22 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: dynachrome

Oops! What do you mean ‘Oops’? - Independence Day

Ah, the French. You’ve got to love them. They try so hard to be normal but in the end, they remain “French”.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 7:08:50 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: dynachrome

Heh, not so sure that they are as bad as we are with government contracts but they are trying...


16 posted on 05/20/2014 7:12:27 PM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: Fungi

Probably, But then again the rifle only had survive being
dropped one time.
The Germans designed their Tiger Tanks just wide enough to pass on French roads. They sent engineers all over France prior to WWII to measure the county roads along possible attack routes.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: dynachrome

Well, as they say, in hell the English are the cooks, the French are the engineers, and the Germans staff the police force.


18 posted on 05/20/2014 7:25:24 PM PDT by proxy_user
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Well, as they say, in hell the English are the cooks, the French are the engineers, and the Germans staff the police force.

And the whole thing is run by Italians.

19 posted on 05/20/2014 7:27:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dynachrome

So, how big is the error?


20 posted on 05/20/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ClearCase_guy
I blame the metric system.

That's why a Quarter Pounder in France is called a "Royale With Cheese."

21 posted on 05/20/2014 7:32:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: driftdiver

The French version of Amtrak?


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:34:09 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: MeshugeMikey

Snicker.

These are some real shovel ready projects!


23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:37:39 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: dfwgator

24 posted on 05/20/2014 7:39:21 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Gamecock

ahahahahaha YES!!


25 posted on 05/20/2014 7:40:51 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: dfwgator
And the whole thing is run by Italians.

Or an Omugabe clone...

26 posted on 05/20/2014 7:51:55 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: dynachrome
"We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,"

You'll never hear that from an American official. "It's a conservative's fault," would be closer to the mark.

27 posted on 05/20/2014 7:56:06 PM PDT by eldoradude (How many democrats does it take to change a light bulb?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

When it comes to engineering, the French copy nobody. And nobody copies the French.


28 posted on 05/20/2014 8:12:20 PM PDT by lump in the melting pot (Half-brother is Watching You!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The RFF only gave the dimensions of platforms built less than 30 years ago, but most of France’s 1,200 platforms were built more than 50 years ago. Repair work has already cost 80 million euros ($110 million).


29 posted on 05/20/2014 8:40:12 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: dynachrome
A few years ago, I recall the French built an aircraft carrier that was too short for the jets they wanted to fly off it.

Should not laugh at them too much... our bureaucrats as every bit as incompetent as the French bureaucrats.

30 posted on 05/20/2014 9:12:16 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Army Air Corps

That is a funny headline


31 posted on 05/21/2014 8:59:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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