Train delays persist after mystery fire

Rail travel between southern Sweden and Stockholm continued to face some delays after a mystery fire cut off traffic at Flen an hour south of the capital.

Train traffic was by Thursday up and running again after a fire put a stop to traffic on Wednesday night, affecting about 5,000 passengers.

“We have had one or two delays, but otherwise things look good,” spokeswoman Maria Hofberg at rail operators SJ told the TT news agency on Thursday.

Repairs were ongoing throughout the night as Sweden’s Transport Authority (Trafikverket) rushed to fix the damage done by the fire.

“They’ve been working hard all night, one track is now fully operational,” said spokeswoman Katarina Wolffram.

She said engineers had restored current to the tracks and repaired broken signals. The Transport Authority said the work had taken longer than expected, with the signalling system on the second track still not fixed at noon on Thursday.

One Gothenburg-Stockholm train had to be redirected through Eskilstuna.

As Thursday is a national holiday in Sweden, there were fewer trains than normal on the stretch, minimizing the impact of the incident, Wolffram at SJ said.

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