Rail Fail
2,000 New French Trains Won’t Fit in French Stations
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  • Andrew Allison

    Is it any wonder that the people of Europe are revolting against the EU and their governments?

    • Corlyss

      Wake me when those sheeple rally to the barricades.

  • lukelea

    $100 million!!!

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This never would have happened in a free market. But passenger trains are big money losing boondoggles built and run by the Government Monopoly.

    • Andrew Allison

      You’re right that it wouldn’t have happened in a free (as opposed to European Common) market, but probably wrong about passenger trains. They’re inevitable money losers in the US for all kinds of reasons, but in high-density Europe, they stand a chance, especially if one considers the overall cost of the alternative (driving),

    • Corlyss

      In the US, yes, rail can’t compete with the convenience of auto for short distances and air travel for long. But in Europe 1) they didn’t foolishly tear up their rail systems after WW2 2) because car ownership was never as great there as it was here when decisions about rail systems were being made.

  • gabrielsyme

    Brussels may find itself an easy culprit for this derailment.

    Brussels finds itself an easy culprit because it is (partially) to blame. The idea that it is necessary for the French government to have two separate state-owned companies to operate the rail system is quite ridiculous.

    • Andrew Allison

      And an example of why the citizens of the EU are about to send message to the EU.

      • Corlyss

        Won’t do any good because Brussels don’t give a fig what the citizens have to say. Brussels knows best.

  • Breif2

    “France is now working to widen old platforms to accommodate the ordering error—repairs which have already cost more than $100 million.”

    Stimulus! Yay! [/sarcasm]

    (By the way, this sole reason for this post was to inflict its last word on us, amIright?)

  • teapartydoc

    Funny. I never go to France, but I happened to be there when they voted down the EU Constitution, and I was there when the NF won big. Maybe I should go back more often.

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