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Who could have predicted snow in January? Who could have predicted the need for a maintenance and  operational manual covering snowy conditions?

You make that way too simple.

  • First, there are different forms of snow which can cause problems in different ways (depending on how densely it falls, how wet they are, and how fast the train runs), not all of which may be foreseen. (I should note that speeds are significantly restricted on French high-speed lines during cold spells, which was something learnt in operation, too.)
  • Second, regarding operational manuals, one thing I alluded to is that you won't put something into a manual which you assume to be 'obvious', something you don't think would be done differently, because that's how it is done around you.
  • Third, specifically in the European rail sector today, producers have a big difficulty with operational manuals: they often don't have direct access to operational experience with their own products, as that data is guarded astidiously by operators responsible for maintenance. This is a serious, widespread problem, I heard several representatives of manufacturers complain about it. But this comes to the surface only if there is some serious problem and the blame game reaches either national media and/or the courts. (In the current case, this could be a factor if AnsaldoBreda got the info on snow cleaning only after the problems in the Netherlands.)

Of course, we are speculating on the basis of a short paraphrase by the diarist. Nomad, can you find an original quote?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 06:55:21 PM EST
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*First, there are different forms of snow which can cause problems in different ways (depending on how densely it falls, how wet they are, and how fast the train runs), not all of which may be foreseen. (I should note that speeds are significantly restricted on French high-speed lines during cold spells, which was something learnt in operation, too.)

VR had huge problems in two previous winters because the temperature stayed below zero constantly many months which meant that snow stayed in powdered form.

by Jute on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 05:38:14 AM EST
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