OT: let’s all take a minute to make fun of Spain

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Post by sportsczy Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:57 am

Spent 258 millions euros on new trains… and the trains are too big for the tunnels loool.

Via Euronews: ‘Unspeakable botch’: Spain spends €258 million on trains that are too big for its tunnels https://www.euronews.com/travel/2023/02/10/unspeakable-botch-spain-spends-258-million-on-trains-that-are-too-big-for-its-tunnels
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Post by elitedam Wed Feb 15, 2023 10:50 am

France made a similar error in 2014
This is not the first time such a fiasco has taken place. In 2014, French train operator SNCF ordered 2,000 regional trains that were too wide for the network’s platforms.

Again, the error was caused by data from the infrastructure manager that did not account for older structures.

In this case, the trains were already made and the platforms had to be rebuilt at great cost.
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Post by sportsczy Wed Feb 15, 2023 10:59 am

I laughed at France too as a FYI.

The only positive for France was that the platforms in question were antiquated and needed upgrades. So having the new trains already manufactured forced the government to actually make the infrastructure investment. Allowed for the TGV to service more towns.
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