Post by iMark
After 2 days of no Fyra service from Amsterdam to Brussels because at
least 3 trains were damaged by blocks of ice, the Belgian Safety
Authority has banned Fyra from running in Belgium until further
notice. A part of a Fyra train was found along the tracks in Belgium.
As if the problem of ice&snow with fast trains was such a new thing.
Have they been sleeping for decades?
Doesn't need to be real "high speed", my night train once got hit by
ballast at just 160 km/h or so, resulting in an emergency stop in the
middle of nowhere to check all the brake pipes for several hours.
Post by iMark
It looks like Fyra is a continuous story of bad managment of bad
trains. A joint commitee of the Belgian and Dutch parliaments will
organise hearings to find out what went wrong with the project.
Meanwhile only Thalys trains will use the HSL. Regular travellers
between NL and B will have to change in Roosendaal and Essen.
It's all a disgrace and an example of the incompetence of the railway
Any hierarchically structured company is more or less structurally
dysfunctional, and thus, incompetent.
Especially when you combine hierarchies (vertical dysfunctionality)
with horizontal dysfunctionalities as they're common with the railway
industry (here, for example: purchasing managers don't care about actual
operation-ability of rolling stock, since their "responsibility" ends
with award of contract) and with such psychosocio-pathologies as
"management by objective".