The 230 passengers waited for about three hours for a replacement train to arrive for an evacuation. The train left Stockholm at 3:21pm and was due to reach Malmö at 7:46pm, but was instead stranded on the track an hour into the journey.
“In the meantime, we served free sandwiches, tea and coffee and what people wanted. And we made sure to open the doors so people could get a breath of fresh air,” said Dan Olofsson of rail operator SJ’s press office.
According to Olofsson, the atmosphere was calm on board the train and passengers moved without problems onto the replacement train. It was estimated that the train arrived in Malmö two hours and 45 minutes behind schedule.
Earlier this month, passengers were trapped on a X2000 train travelling from Stockholm to Gothenburg in sweltering heat for nearly seven hours, for much of the time without food or water. SJ issued all passengers 800 kronor in compensation and refunded the cost of their tickets.
The train broke down between the Stockholm suburb of Flemingsberg and the town of Södertälje, where it was left standing for six hours. Staff handed out free food and drink to passengers, but the refreshments soon ran out.
Windows in the carriage could not be opened and staff refused to open the doors to let air circulate, citing health and safety rules. The train was stuck between two tunnels and SJ blamed bureaucracy for the long delay in getting the train moved as it could neither get food to the train nor let anyone off because of the uneven terrain.
Passengers were moved to another train when they arrived in Södertälje. However, 80 kilometres outside of Gothenburg, the replacement train also broke down and passengers were forced to transfer to commuter trains. They finally arrived in Gothenburg at 3:10am, more than 13 hours after leaving Stockholm.
SJ said the breakdown was caused by a fault with the train’s main circuit breaker.