France’s national rail company SNCF revealed that it messed up big time. The company excitedly ordered 2,000 new trains before they realized that many of the trains are far too wide for many of the train stations throughout France.
According to Christophe Piednoel, “We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score.” It takes guts to get in front of the world and admit that you made an error that has already cost more than $110 MILLION.
This hilarious mix-up happened because of outdated measurements taken by the RFF. The RFF only gave the SNCF the dimensions of platforms built less than 30 years ago, however a majority of France’s 1,200 platforms were built more than 50 years ago.