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Well, damn, youse guys is very helpful. How come yer not running the world instead of these here dipshitlomats?

Thanks for the elaborate technical explanation. A few missed descriptors, but about the way I'd run the problem if I knew the voltages and conductor sizes.

I can't believe a train with Mw engine would mind the equivalent of one or two passengers for heat and light. And it's always easier to use diesel or gasoline for stored energy. Viz electric cars.

But, as you say, public utilities or profit utilities each have their reasons for pushing the envelope of safety.

I like the failure of the contraction compensators. That's subtle.

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by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:10:09 AM EST
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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Regarding pushing the envelope, the upthread already quoted article brings this context:

Winter chaos in train traffic - Stockholm News

Swedish railways have been poorly maintained for a long time and a political battle has broken out about who is to blame. When the opposition attacks the government for cutting down on the funding for maintaining railroads, the government replies that they still allocate more money for the purpose than the previous Social democratic government did. Both parts are right. The government has now abolished the SEK 600 million extra funding they gave to the maintenance each year during last electoral term, while the ordinary funding is still higher than before 2006.


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by DoDo on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:15:33 AM EST
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