The "Regio 2N" double-deck trains, bought for $20.5 billion, will require adjustments to over 1,000 platforms because they are wider than standard trains; edges of platforms are too close to tracks, meaning the trains cannot enter and leave stations without scraping the platforms.
The blunder has already cost SNCF over $68.4 million, and is believed to have been caused by SNCF receiving incorrect dimensions for the trains from rail operator RFF.
An RFF spokesman confirmed it had "discovered the problem a bit late."
Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier blamed an "absurd rail system," adding, "When you separate the rail operator from the train company, this is what happens."
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