Posted by Jamie 2k9:
The chances of 185s coming were always very low, nobody in IE taught it was even a serious proposal.
An interesting point. People in IE probably know a thing or two about what is likely to work. In that case where did the idea of the 185s come from? Somewhere in the NTA, the DOT, TII? i.e from people who by all appearances don't have much of a clue.
This is more serious than it might seem at first sight. The 185 caper probably held up the decision to go ahead with the 41 ROTEM intermediate cars, and in doing so may have caused the price to increase from €100m to €150m.
A brilliant example of The Circus clowns at work?