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Segregated Toilets on Trains

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Last time I used Thalys, I noticed that with each pair of toilets, one is marked male and the other female, and apparently the new EC250 units for SBB will be the same. Whilst the reason for having separate genders in normal public toilets is pretty obvious, I'm curious as to what exactly the point is on a train when it's just individual cubicles, each behind a lockable door?
 
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Last time I used Thalys, I noticed that with each pair of toilets, one is marked male and the other female, and apparently the new EC250 units for SBB will be the same. Whilst the reason for having separate genders in normal public toilets is pretty obvious, I'm curious as to what exactly the point is on a train when it's just individual cubicles, each behind a lockable door?

So the toilet seat is always left down on one. Ha ha.
 

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Last time I used Thalys, I noticed that with each pair of toilets, one is marked male and the other female, and apparently the new EC250 units for SBB will be the same. Whilst the reason for having separate genders in normal public toilets is pretty obvious, I'm curious as to what exactly the point is on a train when it's just individual cubicles, each behind a lockable door?

I completely agree with this, because what would happen if for example a train with two cubicles has either the gents or the ladies cubicle out of order?

The same applies to aircraft, the toilet cubicles on those have always been unisex as well.
 

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That actually would suggest that a cubicle with a toilet and another with a urinal would actually make more sense (and be more efficient in use of water).

That's what you see at some newer U-Bahn stations in Vienna.
 

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This is nothing new in European trains as I'm pretty certain BRs Met Cam Blue Pullman sets also had segregated toilets back in the day.
 

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Until one is out of action.

I suppose as the urinal is less likely to break (being simpler) that would bring on discrimination complaints.

Mind you, it's common practice in Asian countries to provide female sit-down toilets that are "not for solids" - effectively urinals. Maybe that should spread here, as the plumbing is much less complex. Though I doubt the average British passenger is disciplined enough.
 

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Makes you wonder why we bother with segregated toilets anywhere.

Given modern, enlightened views on gender I personally would in most building settings have a room of unisex full-height cubicles (with CCTV in the common area but obviously not in the cubicles) and a room of urinals. Use whichever you see fit.
 

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Sufficient toilet provision in new trains is already bad enough without reducing the quota further.
 

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