Compareing Hatfield to the Japanese Tsunami

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LE Greys

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It's interesting that the hack thinks the 2 events are even remotely comparable

Precisely! The biggest reason it took so long to sort things out after Hatfield is that they had to find the problem. Rolling contact fatigue can't be easy to spot, and from what I remember, it was an absolute nightmare trying to work out where the problems were and sort it all out while still providing a service.
 

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I wasn't saying the article is correct. Interesting in more of a thought provoking way. And it clearly provoked thoughts!
 

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What's going through that reporter's head.

"Hello! I are reporter.

Complex fault that was not truly discovered when the accident happened, why was that not sorted in the same timeframe as immediately obvious problem which has many different methods of limiting damage?

Also, I will demonstrate a lack of understanding, make my article seem worse by emphasising how the Hatfield crash killed people but the Japan incident didn't kill any train passengers, and talk about things that are 'on the track on the track [sic]'."

Now unless they want every train to follow a NMT around to inspect the track constantly all the time there was no way that it could have been fixed any faster...!
 

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what qualifications does one need to be Transport Editor for even a prestigious broadsheet? Or is it like Ministerial positions, where you climb up the ladder of prestige regardless of how much you actually know about the subject? 650 trains on track on the track, eh? :|

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And there's the obligatory Beeching reference in the comments too.

Beaching, you mean.
 
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PinzaC55

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The main difference is that Japan has a history of earthquakes and earthquakes can, to a limited extent, be predicted.
 
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