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I should add, one catenary failure in all of Sweden during one cold spell is not an indication of massive maintenance problems. Travel disruption can be serious if it happens at an important line section with no avoiding line -- it's shit happens category.

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by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:05:07 AM EST
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The South entrance to Stockholm is a frequent failing point. The basic problem here is that Stockholm rail was originally planned for about ten trains a day. So instead of running the rails north and south around Stockholm and leading the rail to Stockholm into a cul-de-sac Central, all rail runs through Stockholm making in expensive and politically trying to expand capacity enough. And local rail runs on the same tracks. This is not only shit happens, it is a 19th century built in weakness that it takes to much political will to overcome.

Add under-budgeted maintenance and neoliberal ideas about planning and even in the best of years you get delays in winter. And this winter looks like another though one.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 10:46:13 AM EST
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Well, there is the Citybanan project, though that won't be ready before 2017.

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by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:48:49 PM EST
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