- Mar 30, 2011
I guess the track and the trains will all be completed around about the same time so the system can go live as soon as possible after completion. By which time it would be quite costly to make any changes should any problem be detected. So it would be better to have either a prototype or a pre-series train delivered ahead of the others to catch any such problems, as this would mean only one train needs to be modified rather than the entire fleet.At least until the FRA gets up to speed (oops!), why can't they test the trains on the actual tracks they will run on?
Doing that would mean the tracks would have to be ready before the first train arrives, which would impyl well ahead of the rest of the trains arriving. Maybe doing that would create timing problems, with building the route already being the difficult built. NIMBYs can't really stop you making a train in a factory, but they can do lots of things, both reasonable and unreasonable, to slow down or stop construction in the field. So the route construction is the critical bit.
So it might actually make sense to do the testing elsewhere if a suitable location can be found.