• Sweden's news in English

4,000 travellers hit after cancelled trains

TT/The Local · 16 Oct 2010, 09:21

Published: 16 Oct 2010 09:21 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Several trains are set to be affected on Saturday as the rail operator seeks to assess the extent of the problem, which does not affect high-speed X2000 and double-decker trains.

Many passengers were transferred to coaches on Friday afternoon as SJ launched an inspection of its rolling stock and cracks were found in a couple of wheels.

"Two wheels of around 3,000 checked were shown to have cracks. We take this very seriously and have now decided to take all the trains out of service," said Elisabeth Lindgren at SJ on Friday afternoon.

In order to cope with demand for trains from Stockholm to Uppsala, SJ hired in trains from local transport operator SL.

The inspection is a result of SJ's own inspection work following the accident in Skotterud, Norway two weeks ago.

The accident was initially considered to have been caused by a wheel fault which had emerged as a result of general wear and tear.

SJ's inspection of its rolling stock is expected to be completed during next week. The aim is to be able to operate almost normal services on Saturday as passenger numbers drop.

On Friday evening SJ said that five departures would be affected on Saturday - two between Karlstad and Stockholm, two between Kalmar and Gothenburg and one between Hallsberg and Stockholm.

Story continues below…

But on Friday the interruption hit 4,000 of SJ's around 100,000 customers with the cancelled trains leading to hastily rearranged travel plans.

Related links:

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

10:35 October 16, 2010 by byke
Government investigation ?
11:04 October 16, 2010 by jack sprat
I believe it was a similar problen that caused that major German rail disaster a few years ago,though that was on a high speed train.
15:01 October 16, 2010 by Puffin

What do you mean by government investigation?

Surely it is normal to do an emergency inspection if a part has contributed to a major accident elsewhere
18:32 October 16, 2010 by izbz
Why am I not surprise????? Cracks on Wheels, Slippery tracks because of rain, too much snow, Rails bent because of the summer heat, signal down...and etc,,...... When are they gonna blame it on terrorist treats?
20:14 October 16, 2010 by Sam1
LOVELY WORK SJ MY FULL RESPECT TO YOU...human life is always more worth than anything else...and Sweden always stood for that

that is why every one loves Sweden for their big big conscience....

They would rather lose millions of dollars and not have any human killed..

even with traffic accident Sweden is still respected because their light posts are made of weak material that does not kill in crach with cars..in UK its made out of strong metal and lots die every year from that.....
Today's headlines
Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

US election
Donald Trump won't get new Ericsson head's vote
Trump pictured at a campaign rally in Florida. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
A file photo of men and women pushing prams in Stockholm. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available