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Most of the problems are related to snow on the tracks, not the electricity supply. You could use steam instead of electricity, but the snow would still be there...

by asdf on Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 11:46:07 PM EST
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Yeah, but sending out a snowplow and switching on an electric switch heater can be less fuss than repairing catenary in a snowstorm. Assuming the electric heating installation programme wasn't held up by "cost-saving" and the number of snowplows wasn't reduced by the same...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:02:23 AM EST
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IT's probably a factor too that when a train gets stopped by a frozen switch, it's still easy to evacuate passengers to a station building nearby, as opposed to a train broken down on the open line; hence the more numerious switch failures earn less news space.

Winter chaos in train traffic - Stockholm News

One train stopped for several hours in Östegötland yesterday while the 700-800 passengers where without food or electricity. The toilet tanks onboard are also reported to have been full. The stop was due to an electric wire that had been torn down. The passengers were later evacuated to another train which later was affected by a failure in a security system and the passengers had to evacuate once again. Shortly after, another train hit an ice bloc (!) on the rail and broke. At other places trains stopped due to frozen switches.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:13:46 AM EST
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Like this:

by asdf on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 10:00:53 AM EST
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