Does This Platform Make My Train Look Fat?

France spends $20 billion dollars on new trains…that don’t fit into the stations

French officials admitted this week that they may not have taken the most thorough measurements before writing a $20 billion check.

France’s national train operator, SNCF, admitted this week that it ordered the fleet of new trains without double-checking the measurements. Now, officials say, the new trains are just too big to fit through many of France’s regional train stations.

The All-Wise, All-Knowing government strikes again.

8 Responses to “Does This Platform Make My Train Look Fat?”

  1. Syd B. says:

    This like building a boat in your backyard, only to realize upon completion, that you had no way of getting it out. I wonder if that ever happened.

  2. aelfheld says:

    Syd, Noah had the advantage of the only accurate weather forecast known to man.

  3. David Crawford says:

    I wonder how you say “good enough for government work” in french?

  4. BlackDog says:

    Jethro Leroy Gibbs always got his boats out of his basement without a problem.

  5. Skyler says:

    That’s a feature, not a bug. Now they can spend $40 billion on widening the stations. More government projects are good for politicians who like to be owed favors.

  6. JeffS says:

    I’m with Skyler. It’s hard to believe that such a fundamental error was made unintentionally. The amount of re-tooling alone should have raised eyebrows.

    But please note my “should have“. You just can’t eliminate stupidity from any equation involving humans.

  7. Julie says:

    Shall we taunt them? “I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”

  8. J.M. Heinrichs says:

    They tried to do it the California Way.


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