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Swedish train services halted across country

TT/The Local/vt · 30 Nov 2010, 17:15

Published: 30 Nov 2010 17:15 GMT+01:00

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According to national rail operator SJ, an estimated 700 to 800 people on board three trains between Norrköping and Mjölby are being evacuated.

"We are evacuating them now. We are picking them up with buses. We hope to be able to run as normal tomorrow," said Ulf Wallin, deputy press director at SJ, to the TT news agency.

The line lost power at 11.49am in two places between Kimstad and Gistad, local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten reported on its website on Tuesday.

Separately, in western Sweden, a train lift bridge in Trollhättan stuck in the upright position caused another stoppage, but train service resumed operation after 2.30pm.

In Östergötland, trains on the Stockholm-Malmö line have been diverted through Hallsberg south of Örebro instead.

"However, three or four trains on the way from Malmö are firmly out of service," said SJ spokesperson Thelma Henrysson.

Consequently, all local public transportation services in the affected areas were idled on Tuesday afternoon.

The Swedish Transport Adminstration (Trafikverket) has estimated that the damage to the wires should be repaired at 6pm, newspaper Aftonbladet reported on Tuesday, citing press officer Claes Lundstedt.

However, it has not yet issued a firm forecast on when train services will resume normal operation in Östergötland.

As of 2.30pm, an X2000 express train in Kimstad left in complete darkness had not yet been evacuated, Corren reported on Tuesday.

"For now, the trains are heated. However, if the evacuation takes time, it can understandably get be cold on board, but how quickly and how cold is difficult to answer," SJ press officer Sven-Ingvar Håkansson told Corren on Tuesday.

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Buses are currently replacing the 5.11am, 6.14am and 9.15am departures from Malmö to Stockholm between Mjölby, Linköping and Norrköping, SJ wrote on its website.

Passengers travelling further towards Katrineholm, Stockholm and Nyköping will depart from Norrköping for their connections.

For passengers from Stockholm to Copenhagen, buses will take them from Linköping to Mjölby, where they will take a train to Malmö, then take the Öresund train to Copenhagen.

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Your comments about this article

00:50 December 1, 2010 by Rolle
Fy fan, SJ
01:58 December 1, 2010 by jackx123
haha and the funny bit is that Magnus Ehrencrona of the green party and on board the train suggested to use environmentally unfriendly buses ..... - go figure
07:05 December 1, 2010 by Rick Methven
All our buses run on biogas and are very environmentally friendly.
07:21 December 1, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@rick methven: ALL our buses run on biogas!!!!! When the depot filled the blue bus that was next to me this morning they must have mistaking Diesel for biogas.

No good blaming SJ, they are NOT responsible for the infrastructure problems, that would be one of the INFRA group of companies eg: previously Barnverket.
08:08 December 1, 2010 by Rick Methven
"ALL our buses run on biogas!!!!! When the depot filled the blue bus that was next to me this morning they must have mistaking Diesel for biogas."

You may have smelly diesel buses but here Östgotatrafiken has converted to Biogas
08:35 December 1, 2010 by crankpot
ah see sweden by train.. yep, sure will..
15:51 December 1, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@Rick Methven: not suprised, with all the sh¤t you have at the arse-end of the country. it makes economical sense!!
01:40 December 2, 2010 by xmfclick
@Rick Methven: Ah, that would be the bio-gas that takes more conventional energy to make than it releases when burned, and has led to the drop in food production and increase in starvation in poor countries. Way to go, Greenies!
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