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I listened to a debate about this on the radio. The basis for the safety issues is that the Alstom trains are built so that the train can be stopped such that the exit doors align with the tunnels emergency exits, and that passengers can get from all cars to each exit. The german trains are shorter and don't have the passages so that passengers are forced to walk out of the train and feel through the smoke to get to the exits...

Don't know any more subtle details than that.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 04:09:22 AM EST
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That's what I thought as well. But does this have anything to do with who makes them? Is there some reason why you can't run a longer train with Siemens cars, or are they confusing two issues?

Of course, there's also the additional problem of what happens if a door comes off a German train in the tunnel...

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:00:04 AM EST
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I agree; I don't think it is a matter of exactly who makes them, just that they are to be made to a certain specification and only one maker is doing it that way. The confusion is at the reporter's end.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:11:52 AM EST
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