Non! France's New Trains Don't Fit on Platforms
Which is going to cost at least $110M to fix
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2014 3:48 PM CDT
A passenger runs to take an high-speed train at Saint-Charles railway station, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, June 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

(Newser) – The good news: France is getting 2,000 shiny new trains. The not-so-good news: It seems those shiny new trains, which CNN notes ran a hefty $20.5 billion, are too wide to fit in many of the nation's 1,200 platforms, making actual travel difficult. The forehead-slapping quote from a rep for national rail operator RFF: "We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognize that and we accept responsibility on that score." The cost of that responsibility, in the form of repairs made so far, is $110 million and counting, reports Reuters. Apparently RFF submitted dimensions from platforms less than 30 years old, the problem being that many stations are older and have a narrower gap between tracks.

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Ezekiel 25:17
May 22, 2014 12:21 PM CDT
Silly Frenchies, they just never remember to think of the details. I mean about 20 years ago the first bullet train service was coming to the northeast corridor. They needed to buy the rolling stock new and no US company had a working design at the time. So they went ahead and ordered up one complete unit from France telling them if it worked out, they may buy a few more when the service started. Ha, silly Frencies didn't know it was a total ruse. We reverse engineered all their designs on that original train and put American companies like GM to work on mass producing them for our own service. Hundreds of those trains were created including the Acela service between DC and NYC
HonkUSA
May 22, 2014 7:56 AM CDT
It is just good planning . The world is getting fatter , how else did they expect to keep the passenger count up without giving more room ? ! . Tourist season is upon us , now the average American can travel with ease in France too . No need to buy two seats on these trains .
Arthur Machado
May 21, 2014 10:42 PM CDT
Yep - nothing like a government program. II think California is building a train like this from Stockton to riverside for 100 zillion dollars too. We need to catch up with those hoity toity European countries now.