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It's not exactly new; what's new is bad maintenance or even lack of design of proper prevention/mitigation measures (the case with both the Eurostar and DB breakdowns last winter). Even if the operators responsible preferred to blame special weather conditions...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 04:53:28 AM EST
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For DB, we had the same in summer, too, with air conditioning not scaled for 40°C outside temperatures... (though that cost-saving idiocy was still not as bad as for the refurbished commuter train coaches around Budapest, which have air conditioning with a power insufficient at any positive temperature difference, as the heat input from direct sunlight was apparently not taken into account...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 04:58:17 AM EST
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